Despite growing support of trauma-informed efforts for children and families, limited consensus exists on what makes an initiative “trauma informed” or if, how, and why such endeavors impact participant outcomes.

Logic models and theories of change can help trauma-informed initiatives conceptualize and operationalize their work to help build the evidence base for trauma-informed approaches. Specifically, theory-based logic models provide a detailed roadmap for anticipating, tracking, and demonstrating the pathways between activities and expected outcomes.

This report explores the potential benefits of theory-based logic models in trauma-informed initiatives, including common challenges and strategies to promote their use. It also presents a sample, theory-based logic model and two examples provided by current trauma-informed initiatives.