Project Design and Logic Models

Project Design and Logic Models

Tufts CTSI/Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Center

The Tufts CTSI/Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Center is a joint program between Tufts CTSI and the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies (ICRHPS). Statisticians and Epidemiologists in the BERD Center collaborate with clinical, health services, and basic science researchers throughout Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center and its affiliates. The BERD Center promotes innovation and excellence across the spectrum of translational and patient-oriented research by working with our collaborators to select the optimal study design and plan, and perform the most suitable analysis for the aims of each study.

UNH has an established agreement with the BERD that allows faculty to use the services provided by the Center, with costs for faculty covered by the College of Health and Human Services or the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Research. 

To access the Center's resources, submit a service request.


Web and Print Resources

Basic Research Concepts

With funding provided by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office of Research Integrity (ORI), a web based tutorial on Basic Research Concepts was developed, targeting individuals new to research. The materials presented are intended to provide basic information about research and how it’s conducted. With this framework, those new to research (staff, students) may be better able to understand research and carry out their duties/responsibilities in a manner that preserves the integrity of the data collected.

Topics include:

  • What is Research?
  • Research Design
  • Elements of Research
  • Methods of Information Collection
  • Handling Information
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Links to Additional Resources


Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development and FAQs
(A 2013 report from the Institute of Educational Sciences/US ED and the National Science Foundation)

  • Guidance on building the evidence base in STEM learning
  • Provides guidelines for six types of education “research” projects
  • Overview of the nature, justification, evidence generation and so on for each project type

Logic Model
University of Wisconsin-Extension

Logic Model Development Guide
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Logic Models
Dan Ryan, Kathryn P. Hannam Associate Professor, Mills College

TA&D Project Logic Model and Conceptual Framework
Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Network


NCATS Clinical Research Toolbox: Clinical research tools that facilitate trial design, patient recruitment and partnerships for commercialization
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)

RUSH Toolbox
The RUSH Toolbox is a collection of tools and resources designed to assist researchers in creating or maintaining an integrated plan for high-quality disability and rehabilitation research. The RUSH toolbox provides access to information related to knowledge translation, dissemination, and utilization, including project planning, logic models, and measurement and evaluation.

The RUSH [Research Utilization Support and Help] Project, which was funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (Project #H133A031402), concluded its work on May 31, 2009. It is not updating these resources, but they are referenced in 2014 Federal Register Notices from US ED/NIDRR.

This series of 31 video modules by the U.S. Dept. of Education's Institute of Educational Sciences (US ED/IES) provides opportunities for researchers to learn more about how to design scientifically valid single-case design research studies and appropriately analyze single-case data.

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