Tools to Create a Program Logic Model

When you need to create a program logic model, or any type of mind-map, there are a variety of tools you can use. Below are some tutorials, tips, and helpful suggestions to get started.

First, Use Pen and Paper

The best suggestion for creating your model is to start with a pen and paper. It’s much easier to use any digital tool if you have a good idea of what you’ll be creating. Sketch out your main ideas and the general structure of your model on paper. This will help you approach your computer with a clear head and sense of purpose, which in turn will save you time!

Second, Choose Your Digital Tool

Most tools that are listed below have similar features and options, as far as being able to add and edit shapes and arrows; change colors, gradients, and outlines; and add and edit text. Most of the editing process works the same way across platforms, with slight variations. So in choosing your tool, you only have to answer the following three questions:

  1. Do you want to use a tool you have already used, or do you want to learn something new?
  2. Do you want to create the most basic logic model, or would you like more options so you can customize it to your liking?
  3. Do you want to work online, or use a desktop software program?

Below are some tools and resources that the DLC recommends, but if you know of a different tool, or want to find your own, that is fine, too.

Google Drawing Tools

This is an online tool that you may have used before, and it allows you create a basic logic model.

Google Drawings is an app that lets you create, share, and edit drawings with other Google account users.  It lets you collaborate on your drawings online in real time with your team.

Draw.io

This is an online tool that is probably new to you, and it allows you create a more customized logic model.

Draw.io is an online app that enables you to draw flowcharts, org charts, wireframes, mind maps and more.

Powerpoint or Word

These are desktop softwares that you may have used before, and they allow you to create a more customized logic model, but maybe using features that are new to you.

How To Build a Mind Map In Microsoft Word

The following tutorials are on Lynda.com, a robust online tutorial hub, available to MIIS students for free.

  1. First, log into Lynda with your MIIS account here.
  2. Second, view any of the following videos, or search for your own.

Adding Shapes to Powerpoint

Advanced Shapes in Office Programs

Third, Download or Save Your Model

All of the tools listed above have ways to save your model in various file formats. Please note that the format you choose may affect your ability to edit the model in the future. For example, you cannot edit a .jpg or a .png. If you do want to edit your model later on, make sure you save the original file as well as the version that you turn in for your assignment.

Additional Ideas and Resources

Prezi Shapes

Blog entry from the DLC on mind-mapping

About Mind-mapping

Other Mind-mapping tools

Cmap

DoView (free 30 day trial)

Xmind 7

Coggle

Simple Mind (A tablet app, The Lynda tutorial for it starts at 2:02)