The design of an intervention logic starts with understanding both the problem
to be addressed and the desired outcomes to be achieved, specifying the program logic,
and building stakeholder consensus related to this theory of change. The overall objective
of this application is to provide an overall representation of the derived outcomes of the
Phases 1 – 5, in order for the stakeholders to better understand the rationale behind the
In order to communicate the logic of intervention, the visual representation of the intervention
can take various forms. The design should help practitioners understand not only the intended
outcomes of an intervention but also the inputs and activities needed to achieve them.
We have chosen to design the intervention logic application as a series of blocks,
describing the overall strategy flow. Each flowchart corresponds to a specific Investment Priority,
and offers the user the opportunity to describe the links between the different building blocks of
the intervention logic. These include: context, vision/priorities, policy mix and monitoring. Τhe user
can export the results in the form of figures, or print the final intervention logic report produced
by this application.
The logical steps of the application, based on its methodological description are:
- Step 1. Description of the regional context.
- Step 2. Detection of needs and challenges that form the regional vision.
- Step 3. Priorities’ specification.
- Step 4. Definition of the actions and indicators to put in place to meet the priorities.
- Step 5. Describe the links between the building blocks of the intervention logic diagram.
- Step 6. Save and export the final intervention logic report.
Following the application architecture described in previous steps, the information flows
within the application are given in Figure 2, below. Figures including intervention logic diagrams,
as well as the description corresponding to each one of them, can be extracted through the application.
The main output of the application is the final report of Intervention Logic, which will give the user
a comprehensive picture regarding his/her region’s strategic framework.
Figure 1 Overview of the information flows within the Regional Assets Mapping application
How to use this application step-by-step?
The application gives the user the opportunity to select a specific
Investment Priority and construct the corresponding intervention logic
diagram. This will include information coming from different parts of the
RIS3 strategic planning process, in order to present an overview regarding
the results that have been obtained throughout the overall process. The
steps below, illustrate some useful information regarding the proposed way
in which all the needed information could be included in the final
intervention logic diagram.
Step 1 – Selection of an Investment Priority type
During the first step of the application, the user will have to choose a
specific Investment Priority for his analysis. The filters in this part
of the application includes the selection of a specific Thematic
Objective and Investment Priority (Figure 1). Moreover, the Thematic
Objectives are grouped based on the more general thematic priorities of
the European Union including: smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The Investment Priorities Index includes the complete list of available
Investment Priorities, in the form of a dendrogram, indicating also the
Thematic Objectives to which they are connected to.
Figure 1: Step 1 – Selection of an Investment Priority type
Step 2 – Definition of the regional context, vision, priorities and indicators
In the second step of the application, the user will be able to complete all
relevant information that he wants to include to the specific intervention
logic diagram (Figure 2). The information will be based on the outcomes of
methodologies that have been implemented during previous phases, and will
be grouped into four main categories:
- Context: this part includes information coming from the
analysis of the regional context, related to the specific
- Vision / Priorities: this part included information related
to the vision and priorities’ setting phases. In order to better organise
the input four sub-categories have been included, related to
specific methodologies that are being used in these phases. These
include: EDP, extroversion analysis, related variety and foresight.
Not all of them should be completed during an intervention logic
- Policy mix: Definition of actions and action plan
implementation are the two main sub-groups of the policy mix part.
Both of them focus on the definition of the groups of categories of
actions and regulatory instruments of intervention that could be used
to support the specific Investment Priority.
- Monitoring: the last part of the intervention logic diagram
includes the presentation of the selected output and result indicators
related to the specific Investment Priority. As it can be seen,
output indicators should be related to the definition of actions, as
input for them will be gathered through the implemented actions.
Moreover, result indicators are related to Vision and Priorities,
trying to capture the more general targets of the region, through
the reinforcement of the specific Investment Priority.
Figure 2: Step 2 – Definition of the regional context, vision, priorities and indicators
The “Save Priority” button can help the user to save his/her progress
throughout the intervention design process, in order to include additional
Investment Priority diagrams to his/her overall final report. The
“Download Image” button enables the user to save the block diagram in
a .png format.
Step 3 – Description of the links between the building blocks
The third step of the application offers the opportunity to describe in detail
the links between the different parts of the intervention logic (Figure 3). A set
of 7 questions guide the user in order to thoroughly describe the connections
between the main building blocks of the application, in order to provide a more
precise description of the rationale behind the selection of the specific
priorities, policy mix and monitoring indicators for the corresponding Investment
Priority. All text included in the description part of the application can be
extracted in a .docx format in the overall report that can be derived through
Figure 3: Step 3 – Description of the links between the building blocks