In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
– Dwight D. Eisenhower
Having spent a good bit of time in the last few weeks working on logic modelsrelated to health outcomes I can agree with this sentiment. I have never been good at absorbing information that is presented in boxes. For people like me at least the product of the logic modelling process is not very useful as a communication tool about the plan that it describes, particularly if I haven’t been involved in developing it. However, the process of developing the logic model really does help with thinking through the linkages between Outcomes ( the impacts we want), the Outputs (the tasks we perform) and Inputs (what we invest) in a complex and dynamic environments such as health and well being.
Logic Modelling is never going to be a favourite task for me, but at least I can understand why it is necessary.
I am still an edubuzz novice and havent mastered the art of inserting images but hopefully clicking below will reveal a draft logic model for Support from the Start
A key feature of ‘Support from the Start’ – East Lothian’s Equally Well test site are Service Champions.
A service champion is an individual who has been identified as someone who can lead on the learning needed to address health inequalities within their service area. This doesn’t mean that they are the only person within that service who carries the responsibility for health inequality – tackling health inequality is all of our responsibility. The role of the service champion is to bring the experience and knowledge of their service area to the work of Support from the Start, and to bring what they learn from Support from the Start to their service areas.
Service Champions will have a key role in linking across service boundaries and in making sure that health inequality is high on the agenda for services within East Lothian.
The expectations of a Service champion are :-
- Communicating the vision and values of ‘Support from the Start’ within their service area
- Bringing the experience and knowledge of their service area to a multi agency ‘action learning set’.
- Supporting services to identify training & information needs related to ‘Support from the Start’
- Contributing as appropriate to this online learning log.
- Be willing to participate, as appropriate, in the dissemination of the East Lothian Test Site experience to other authorities and agencies within Scotland.
Service Champions will be drawn from a range of services from both the statutory and voluntary sector. Senior managers have been asked to identify the right people for this role, and this process is currently underway . The names and contact details of Service Champions will be posted shortly.