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Creating Public Lab's Logic Model

by liz | October 04, 2018 20:54 04 Oct 20:54 | #17226 | #17226

The University of California Davis Center for Citizen and Community Science worked with the staff of Public Lab to create a Logic Model that we could use in evaluating our impact. Here it is, both the direct link, and as an image:

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Let's take closer look

Clearly, there's a lot of densely packed information in here. Let's explore column by column; I created a graphic to illustrate each column followed by plain text:


image description Financial Capital

  • Grants
  • Corporate sponsorships
  • Individual contributions
  • Kits sales
  • Fiscal sponsorships

Human Capital:

  • Community members
  • Organizers
  • Board of directors
  • Employees
  • Funding Partners
  • Advisors (Pro bono, et al)
  • Institutional Partners
  • Organizational Partners
  • Collaborating individuals •Collaborating individuals who are also part of other orgs / agencies / institutions / firms
  • Communities of shared interest
  • Place-based communities
  • Coalitions, Networks, Movements

Material Capital:

  • In kind equipment
  • In kind supplies
  • In kind physical spaces
  • Free & open source resources (code, designs, publications)

Outputs - activities

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  • The Public Lab community (PL) convenes and maintains welcoming and respectful in-person and online spaces through the upholding of a Code of Conduct, anchored by the non-profit

  • PL community exchanges, asks for, and contributes resources, strategies, supporting materials, and processes for achieving the mission -- including organizing, policy analysis, development of accessible data collection and handling methods, design and distribution of accessible hardware kits -- and supports their use

  • PL staff host, maintain, and refine -- with community contribution -- collaboration platforms & processes to promote exchanges, requests, and contributions online and through printed materials

  • PL organizers add structure to collaborative efforts through facilitating, project managing, matchmaking, and onboarding

  • Public Lab broadly cultivates institutional & organizational partnerships, and participates in coalitions, networks, and movements

Outputs - participation

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  • Overview: the described Outputs and Outcomes happen across, among, and beyond the Public Lab community, with the non-profit staff providing a backstop of responsibility and focus on the mission. Refer to Org Chart.

  • Public Lab community is broadly defined as anyone interacting with the Public Lab ecosystem

  • Public Lab organizers are broadly defined as anyone, including staff, who picks up facilitation, project management, matchmaking, or onboarding work

  • Public Lab staff are employees of the US-incorporated 501(c)3 non-profit

  • Partners & collaborators may include individuals, communities of shared interest, place-based communities, non-profit organizations, civil servants and government agencies, elected officials at any level of government, academic institutions, firms, among others

  • Coalitions, networks, and movements are assemblages working toward aligned goals

Outcomes - short term

These short-term outcomes are numbered for ease of reference, and the image contains abbreviated text to make these faster to comprehend by new readers:

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  • 1 - Resources are available to do environmental data and information gathering at quality levels relevant for organizing and advocacy (Kits Initiative)

  • 2 - Local data collection projects contribute perspectives on environmental concerns and galvanize community organization

  • 3 - PL community members exchange stories, resources, methods, equipment, and strategies across lived experiences, domains of expertise, and networks

  • 4 - PL community activity and interaction increases in quality and quantity, particularly dialogue

  • 5 - PL community members learn concepts, attitudes, and skills, as well as benefit from interacting in Public Lab

  • 6 - PL maintains existing and develops new institutional & organizational partnerships, and continues and expands participation in coalitions, networks, and movements

Outcomes - medium term

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  • PL community members advocate for locally determined goals, projects, and needs through data and community organizing

  • Community projects gain exposure and problem solving capacity; Initiation of projects increases

  • PL community members develop methods and materials for public use, and others use these tools and materials for their own projects

  • PL community members take ownership of scientific knowledge generation and sharing

  • Organizational partnerships are strong, sustained, and provide the basis for a larger, well-connected network

  • Government, academia, professional associations, and civil society respect and have positive perceptions of different kinds of local knowledge and expertise

Outcomes - long term

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  • The public has greater capacity to monitor, understand, and critique existing decision-making through data that strengthens accountability

  • The public’s improved collaboration skills in addressing complex, systemic issues lead to improved, more equitable governance, reducing injustice

  • Community science, and free & open source projects are promoting justice and equity

  • Community science, and free & open source practices are prevalent in environmental monitoring projects

  • Open licensing and publishing is built into all publicly funded research and development for environmental monitoring

  • There is political will for the public sector to maintain its responsibility for ensuring equitable environmental health through science-based policy


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