Using Logic Models in Prevention, Part 1: What Are Logic Models? (Webinar Recording)

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Using Logic Models in Prevention
Part 1: What Are Logic Models?
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Emily Patton, MSc, PgDip

February 21, 2023, 1:00pm-2:30pm EST


This webinar will provide an introduction of the importance of strategic planning and how and why logic models are a key tool of planning. It will first summarize the five steps of the Strategic Prevention Framework, SAMHSA’s strategic planning process for prevention, and explain how strategic planning improves the likelihood of positive prevention outcomes. Next, the webinar will explain what logic models are and how they support strategic planning efforts. It will walk through the components of a logic model and describe the steps to creating one. The webinar will also include a group practice exercise for identifying and assembling the components of a logic model.


  • Explain the core elements of strategic planning
  • Describe how a logic model supports strategic planning
  • Understand what information is needed to develop a logic model
  • Illustrate the relationships between the components of a logic model


Josh Esrick, MPPJosh Esrick, MPP is a Senior Policy Analyst with Carnevale Associates. Josh has extensive experience in substance use prevention; researching, writing, and presenting on best practice and knowledge development publications, briefs, and reference guides; and developing and providing T/TA to numerous organizations. He developed numerous SAMHSA Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies’ (CAPT) products on strategies to prevent opioid misuse and overdose, risk and protective factors for substance use, youth substance use prevention strategies, youth substance use trends, emerging substance use trends, the potential regulations surrounding marijuana legalization, as well as numerous other topics.
Emily Patton, MSEmily Patton, MSc, PgDip holds a Masters of Science in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology from Swansea University and a Postgraduate Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Edinburgh. She offers significant professional experience in the fields of public policy development and analysis, criminal justice research, data collection and analysis, program development, and performance management.


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