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 (Fig. 1). Moreover, the Thematic Objectives are grouped based on
the more general thematic priorities of the European Union including: smart,
sustainable and inclusive growth.
Figure 1: Step 1 – Selection of an Investment Priority type
The Investment Priorities button includes the complete list of available
Investment Priorities, in the form of a dendrogram, indicating also the
Thematic Objectives to which they are connected (Fig. 2).
Figure 2: Step 1 – Investment Pririties Index
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 (Fig. 3). 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 Investment Priority.
- 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 design process.
- 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 3: Step 2 – Definition of the regional context, vision, priorities and indicators
The Download Image button enables the user to save the block diagram in a .png format.
Figure 4: Step 2 – Insert content
To add new content, the user will have to insert a short description and then
press the “+” button. The new item appears inside the content box of the current
category. By clicking the ‘x’ button the item is automatically removed from the
list of the content items (Fig. 4). Moreover, an online tutorial appears by
hovering the ‘i’ icon to offer extra guidance to the user.
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
(Fig. 5). A set of 7 questions help the user to thoroughly describe the
connections between the main building blocks of the application, and 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.
By pressing the Export final report button, all text included in the
description part together with the data included in the priority content
section, can be exported to a .docx report for the current priority.
Figure 5: Step 3 – Description of the links between the building blocks
Step 4 – Save and manage the investment priorities
The Save Priority button can help the users to save their progress in the
current priority and include it in the list of their priorities (Fig. 6).
To create an intervention logic diagram for another priority, the user will
have to select the “New Priority” option. Moreover, a delete option and an
indication whether a .docx report has been generated for each priority are
Figure 6: Step 4 – Save and manage the investment priorities
These functionalities are only available for the registered users of the app,
as these data are stored in their personal account.
We propose a five stage process for designing innovative investment projects per nishe industry market, such as:
- mapping sectoral and regional strengths
- identification of actors per sector of interest
- actors engagement
- collaborative project design
- monitoring and assess