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Program Goals and Objectives

A mission statement that represents the goals and objectives of your program can be helpful in developing and maintaining your program. Consider that the mission statement will help you to solidify the rationale behind your program (the “why” of your program). Gathering input from your community team, partner agencies, and other providers within the institution may help to formulate/write your plan. 

After developing your mission statement, it can be helpful also to develop a logic model for your SANE program. A logic model is a visual display of how your program is supposed to work. Logic models map out a program’s goals, along with the different activities and resources necessary to meet those goals. A logic model can be used for program planning and development, ongoing management, and evaluation. Additionally, many funders require that programs provide a logic model to support requests for funding, making it a useful tool for many aspects of program development.

Logic models typically include four main parts:

  1. Inputs: The resources required to support the development and implementation of the program. For a SANE program, these might include your staff, facilities, and equipment.
  2. Activities: Key services provided by the program. For a SANE program, these might include medical care, community outreach, and administrative tasks.
  3. Outputs: The direct results of program activities. For a SANE program, these might include the number of patients served, the number of on-call hours logged, and the number of cross-disciplinary trainings provided.
  4. Outcomes: The effects of the program. Outcomes are frequently divided into short-term, intermediate, and long-term outcomes. For a SANE program, these might include emotional healing for survivors, increased sexual assault prosecution rates, and fewer medical complications from the assault.

Developing a logic model from scratch can take time, and a blossoming SANE program may not have the resources to invest in its creation. Several sample logic models can be found in the SANE Evaluation Toolkit53 and they are included here as a starting point. Each logic model is presented as a chart and as a diagram so each SANE program can choose the form they (or their funder) prefer. These logic models are not copyrighted and can be used or modified to best meet the needs of your SANE program. The first logic model emphasizes how SANE programs can have a beneficial impact on patient care and emotional well-being, while the second logic model emphasizes SANE program impact on legal prosecution. It is probable that your SANE program will have desired outcomes related to both of these domains—patient care and emotional well-being as well as legal prosecution. Feel free to select items from each of these logic models, as well as adding items specific to your SANE program’s goals, to present how your SANE program works.