What is Investment Logic Mapping?

structured conversation that ensures we properly understand our issues and problems, long before we decide on the solution!

ILM deals with the "think phase"  of a possible investment, policy or initiative, testing our knowledge of a problem and drilling into the real drivers and effects. Putting "we need a new..." at the door, your ILM facilitator asks tricky questions and helps everyone to truly get their head around a problem.

Developed by the Victoria Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) and highly recommended by NZ Treasury for problem definition, the structure and conversation strategies used in ILM are a highly effective way to get a strategic understanding of key issues facing your organisation. Alicia McKay is one of a handful of DTF-accredited ILM facilitators in New Zealand - check out the DTF website for more information.

How does it work?

  • Key decision-makers come together for a two-hour facilitated discussion
  • The 'investment story' is mapped out on a single page, using Plain English language and concepts
  • The story develops through each workshop, giving a clear line of sight across each stage

Why use ILM?

  • Ask the hard questions early
  • Make sure the problem exists
  • Identify whether there is a compelling case for change
  • Test the 'logic' of an existing investment or initiative.

Recent Feedback

"Alicia ran multiple workshops in relation to a range of our services.  The timeframes and scope of the work meant the need for a responsive and agile approach, as well as the ability to ask the hard questions and work actively with participants to facilitate and articulate their thinking.  Alicia’s delivery of workshops was excellent and we have received strong positive feedback from those who attended." Auckland Council

Choose an Expert

✔ Knowledge

Alicia McKay is formally accredited to practice ILM by the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) in Melbourne, Victoria. Accreditation includes a rigorous assessment process, with three separate ILMs reviewed by a DTF assessor along with client feedback. This best-practice knowledge complements Alicia's extensive training and experience in facilitating workshops, defining problems and crafting strategic interventions that get results.


Alicia has a sharp strategic eye that pulls themes and issues together constructively, making sense of tricky problems. A strong believer in being content-free and developing ownership, Alicia ensures that participants are rewarded for their input, as they see the 'story' take shape in their own words.


Not afraid to challenge assumptions, question methods and ask the all important "so what?" is a key skill of an effective ILM facilitator. Alicia brings this challenging approach to the table, quickly grasping context, spotting gaps and asking tricky questions.


Alicia is a popular choice of facilitator for her fast-paced, engaging style. With a positive attitude and wicked sense of humour, Alicia's signature approach energises participants and builds faith in the ILM process.