ELM Application

The ELM introduction video

A practitioner's perspective on using the ELM

with Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau, Director of the American Samoa Department of Education

What is the ELM Application?

The ELM Application is a downloadable computer app that runs locally on Google Chrome and does not require you to connect to the internet. The program will guide you through a series of questions, and give you opportunities to enter your program resources, activities, outputs, and outcomes.

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Once all of your program information is entered, you will be prompted to draw color-coded lines between each component, illustrating their cause-and-effect relationships.

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The end result is a printable logic model like the one you see below. This model functions as a map for you and your team, visually connecting intended activities with intended outputs and outcomes.

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Why create a logic model of your education program?

Logic models are an invaluable tool for teachers, administrators, policy makers and evaluators to visually represent the structure, process, and goals of a program, both conceptual and actionable.
Logic models can contribute to the success of your program in the following ways:

  • making the intention behind your program clear;
  • introducing common language and references for collaborators in your program;
  • defining resources and outlining activities, as in an action plan;
  • showing quantitative outputs as well as short-, mid-, or long-term effects;
  • using a visual display as a proven and effective learning tool;
  • illustrating the process of your program, speaking to its value beyond the measurable effects; and
  • using theories of change to guide the planning process, making lessons learned more evident in the evaluation stage.
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Instructions for downloading and installing the application:

Instructions for PC

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Step 1: Click on the download button above to access the PC version.

Step 2: Open your Downloads folder and locate the downloaded folder. This folder will be named “ELM for PC(v#.#).exe.zip” When there are future updates to the ELM application, you will notice that the version number is changed (e.g., v1.04).

Step 3: Please close any internet browsers before installation.(Consider copying these instructions to another application before closing your browser.)

Step 4: Drag or save the downloaded zip folder to your desktop. Double click on it to open the folder.

Step 5: Drag the “ELM for PC(v#.#).exe” file to your desktop. Double click on it to begin installation. This will automatically install Chrome and the ELM application to your computer. (A pop up window may appear that says “This program might not have installed correctly.” Please click “This program installed correctly.”)

Step 6: An ELM icon will appear on your desktop. Click on it to begin using the application.

Instructions for MAC

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Step 1: Click on the download button above to access the Mac version.

Step 2: Open your Downloads folder and locate the downloaded folder. This folder will be named “ELM for Mac(v#.#).pkg.zip.” When there are future updates to the ELM application, you will notice that the version number is changed (e.g., v1.04).

Step 3: Drag or save the downloaded zip folder to your desktop. Double click on it to open the folder. If you receive a message warning you of an “unidentified developer,” please visit the Apple support website for further instructions.

Step 4: Please close any internet browsers before installation. (Consider copying these instructions to another application before closing your browser.)

Step 5: Select the file (one click on the file name).

Step 6: Hold the CONTROL key down and click on the file name again.

Step 7: Select “Open.”

Step 8: You will see a warning message “—— is from an unidentified developer. Are you sure you want to open it?” Select “Open.”

Step 9: An ELM icon will appear on your desktop. Click on it to begin using the application.

Application specifications:

  • iMac or PC compatible: the modules have been tested against Windows 7, Windows 8, OS X 10.8, and OS X 10.9.Internet connection not required
  • Provided with Google Chrome browser
  • Available on USB device or zip file
  • All information is stored on your local computer
  • Data can be easily shared by generating a PDF in the print options window, or by sharing the “rel” file with other colleagues who already have the ELM application
  • Provides users with “Quick Reference Guides” (additional information on why and how to use logic models in your program)
  • Contains step-by-step instructions

Please read our terms and conditions here.

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Quick Reference Guides:

To provide more information on logic models, REL Pacific has created a series of hard-copy quick reference guides:
Logic Models: A Tool for Designing and Monitoring Program Evaluations
Logic Models: A Tool for Effective Program Planning

The ELM app user guide

Webinar recording on logic models and using the ELM

Examples of logic models created using this application:

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Frequently asked questions

Technical support & feedback

Thank you for being an early user of this application! As with any new application, there may be some remaining bugs to work out. If you require assistance with the application, please email us at relpacific@mcrel.org.

We also appreciate hearing your feedback on the application and welcome emails to the same email address: relpacific@mcrel.org. Please type “ELM Feedback” in the subject line.

Many thanks to those users who have provided feedback on this application. Please be sure you are using the most recent version (v1.04) by clicking the download buttons above.