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Logical Framework Variations

The Logical Framework Checklist on this page is meant to help you check your work. It can be completed in Acrobat or Reader, saved, printed, or pasted on to an 8.5" x 11" Word Document and shared with others via email. It may be useful for an entire design team to have copies of this checklist to review as they are developing the Logical Framework for a specific project.

Variations on the Logical Framework help design teams utilize this tool when characteristics of the project they are working on or the environment in which they are working make a variation on the basic 4 x 4 matrix more useful than the original.

One variation that may be needed by Missions is for a template that allows a Sub-Purpose to be included, as shown on page 11 of USAID’s Project Design Guidance. The Logical Framework template variation that best suits this case is Logical Framework Template: With Sub-Purpose line included. This is the template that was used to develop the Logical Framework for a Trade Facilitation Project used to explain the construction of columns in a Logical Framework matrix in this kit section. By turning to Logical Framework Template: With Sub-Purpose you can create a matrix using this variation online.

Image: Logical Framework Variation 1: Sub-Purpose Included

A second Logical Framework variation that is available for online use is one that shifts targets into a separate column. This variation makes it easier to display annual as well as life of project targets. Turn to Logical Framework Template: Separate Targets Column with a separate targets column to prepare an online version of this Logical Framework variation.

The final variation for which a template is provided in this kit is one that fosters the monitoring of project assumptions, as called for in USAIDs Project Design Guidance. This variation provides a separate column at the far right side of a Logical Framework for identifying the means a Mission will use for verifying assumption status periodically over the life of a project. Turn to Logical Framework Template: Verifying Assumptions Column to use this template.

Diagram: LF Version 3: Verifying Assumptions Column

In addition to these variations and others identified in the USAID volume, The Logical Framework: Modifications Based on Experience, featured on this page, Missions working on design for complex, multi-component projects may find that a nested approach that uses both a “master” Logical Framework to provide a project overview and separate component (usually Output) level Logical Frameworks for project elements that will be managed by different Implementing Partners, to be useful. This approach generally uses the basic 4x4 Logical Framework Template for both the “master Logical Framework” and for each of the nested component Logical Frameworks (or sub-projects), as illustrated below.

Diagram: Project Relationships