Project Design and Development
Much of the work we do on project design starts with an organisation seeking to address a problem or meet a need.
Much of the work we do on project design starts with an organisation seeking to address a problem or meet a need. Shortcomings in services are a good example (such as in mental health, family planning or technical services such as energy or water and sanitation).
Without over-complicating the subject, the approach we take often involves assessing the situation to work out what is preventing a change for the better. If people cannot get access to the services they need, they both their ability to pay or issues in supplying the service are common starting points. As the work proceeds, there are many tools and techniques that can come into play including:
• Scoping processes
• Literature reviews
• Needs assessment
• Stakeholder mapping
• Participatory planning workshops
• Work on options for theories of change
Ultimately, the process we choose to follow depends on local needs and circumstances as well as the preferences or our partners and clients. The result is a workable design for a project that will make a difference to tackling a social or economic problem. In many cases, it forms the basis for a bid or proposal for funding.