Metrics for Healthy Communities

Developed by Wilder Research and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Example logic model for Cross-Sector Community Health Initiatives

Supportive Housing

Influence on social determinants of health:

Supportive housing buildings provide shelter and services for low-income individuals and families with complex needs.

These sites can play an important role in improving the health of residents through building design elements, programs, and policies.

New/rehabbed supportive housing buildings can also serve as catalysts for other economic development.

This logic model provides a menu of typical inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes for community development and health organizations that work in the Supportive Housing field.

The outcomes listed in this example logic model link, whenever possible, to measures already collected through existing data sources and to measures that might require users to collect their own data through a survey, or other means. Measures with existing data sources are highlighted in blue.

Click on highlighted outcome measures to access existing data, or to identify question wording that can be used to collect your own outcome data. Use the model as a map for understanding how the work of community development and health organizations collaboratively leads to improved community health.

Supportive Housing


Community plans

Evidence-based practice literature

Location, site

Source of funds



Afterschool program activities

Community gardening

Cooking/nutrition classes

Employment training services

Financing on-site health promoting facilities (e.g. community garden, exercise facility, green space, walking path, playground equipment, community recreation room, commercial kitchen, wood flooring, washable window treatments, HEPA heating and ventilation system, low VOC and lead free paints)

Financing safety features

Financing supportive housing (new or rehab)

Fitness classes/activities

Mental health treatment services

Substance abuse treatment services

Using building materials that reduce asthma problems


Affordable housing units (number of)

Afterschool program participants (number of)

Community garden plots (number of)

Community garden users (number of)

Community gatherings held (number of)

Community recreation room users (number of)

Cooking and nutrition class participants (number of)

Dollars invested (amount of)

Employment training program participants (number of)

Exercise facility/playground equipment users (number of)

Individuals housed (number of)

Jobs created/retained as a result of financing or programming (number of)

Mental health treatment program participants (number of)

Path miles (number of)

Residents who receive information on nutrition/healthy food preparation (number of)

Substance abuse treatment program participants (number of)

Walking path users (number of)


Shorter-term outcomes

Access to exercise opportunities increases

Access to mental health services increases

Asthma trigger exposure decreases

Employment skills increase

Food security increases

Housing quality improves

Knowledge of nutrition and healthy food preparation increases

Parenting skills improve

Resident stability increases

Medium-term outcomes

Adverse childhood experiences decrease

Asthma problems among children decrease

Caregiving burden decreases

Consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables increases

Health and well-being self-reports improve

Physical activity increases

School attendance increases

School mobility of children decreases

Sense of community (social connectedness) increases

Social-emotional skills of children improve

Substance abuse decreases

Longer-term outcomes

Academic proficiency scores increase

Crime rate decreases

Diabetes rate decreases

Disability rates for chronic conditions decrease

Emergency room admissions decrease

Employment rate increases

Graduation rate increases

Health disparities decrease

Homelessness decreases

Housing cost burden decreases

Mental health problems decrease

Obesity rate decreases

Preventable hospitalizations decrease

Property values increase

School readiness improves

Voter turnout rate increases

Workforce quality increases was developed by Wilder Research and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.