Development of a program logic model and evaluation plan for a participatory ergonomics intervention in construction

Am J Ind Med. 2014 Mar;57(3):351-61. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22249. Epub 2013 Sep 4.


Background: Intervention studies in participatory ergonomics (PE) are often difficult to interpret due to limited descriptions of program planning and evaluation.

Methods: In an ongoing PE program with floor layers, we developed a logic model to describe our program plan, and process and summative evaluations designed to describe the efficacy of the program.

Results: The logic model was a useful tool for describing the program elements and subsequent modifications. The process evaluation measured how well the program was delivered as intended, and revealed the need for program modifications. The summative evaluation provided early measures of the efficacy of the program as delivered.

Conclusions: Inadequate information on program delivery may lead to erroneous conclusions about intervention efficacy due to Type III error. A logic model guided the delivery and evaluation of our intervention and provides useful information to aid interpretation of results.

Keywords: injury prevention; intervention; logic model; musculoskeletal disorder; process evaluation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Construction Industry*
  • Ergonomics*
  • Humans
  • Logic
  • Occupational Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Program Development*
  • Program Evaluation*