A logic model framework for evaluation and planning in a primary care Practice-based Research Network (PBRN)

Holly Hayes, Michael L. Parchman, Ray Howard

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Evaluating effective growth and development of a practice-based research network (PBRN) can be challenging. The purpose of this article is to describe the development of a logic model and how the framework has been used for planning and evaluation in a primary care PBRN. An evaluation team was formed consisting of the PBRN directors, staff, and its board members. After the mission and the target audience were determined, facilitated meetings and discussions were held with stakeholders to identify the assumptions, inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes, and outcome indicators. The long-term outcomes outlined in the final logic model are 2-fold: (1) improved health outcomes of patients served by PBRN community clinicians and (2) community clinicians are recognized leaders of quality research projects. The logic model proved useful in identifying stakeholder interests and dissemination activities as an area that required more attention in the PBRN. The logic model approach is a useful planning tool and project management resource that increases the probability that the PBRN mission will be successfully implemented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)576-582
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2011



  • Evaluation
  • Logic model
  • Practice-based research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Family Practice

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