footsteps is a professional not-for-profit association of Organisation Development (OD) and development practitioners working with civil society organisations (CSOs) in Africa and other parts of the world which provides products and processes that strengthen CSOs and enhances effectiveness and impact.
footsteps is conducting a course on Logical Framework Approach from 8-13 July 2012 in Durban.
The Logical Framework Approach (LFA/ZOPP) and results-based methods are the dominant planning frameworks in development work today. They are required by many international donors and often applied to both local and international development projects. While they have different names and use different terminology, they have some essential similarities. Master one, and you master them all. Without an understanding of these methods, effective planning and fundraising become a real challenge in the present context. The strength of this ‘logical’ approach to planning lies in its systematic and rigorous method for identification, conceptualisation, objective-setting and planning of projects and programmes. It enables users to prepare a clearly structured planning matrix summarising in the main elements of a project and showing the logical relationship between inputs, activities and results.
The LFA/ZOPP has two phases: analysis/design and planning. The analytical phase is made up of four sub-steps:
- Problem analysis to identify what the real issues are – those that will potentially drive a project;
- Participation analysis which assesses the interests, motivations and attitudes of all players connected to a potential project;
- Objectives analysis in which problems are reconfigured into achievable goals; and;
- Alternatives analysis enables an assessment of options based on a wide range of factors.
The planning phase includes writing objectives and developing indicators, an assumptions/risk analysis and an operational plan. The final result is known as a Project Planning Matrix (PPM) which summarises the essentials of the plan in one page.
The course takes place at a venue on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast (South Africa), about 30 minutes south of Durban and about an hour’s drive from the airport.
Fees: R4 800 (VAT inclusive)
Costs: Accommodation: R3 400 (VAT inclusive)
By the end of the 5 day training course, participants will have:
- An increased understanding of project planning based on this comprehensive planning framework;
- Been exposed to and practiced the seven steps of the LFA/ZOPP by developing a project plan;
- A deeper understanding of the relationship between this approach and a whole systems approach;
- Assessed their project plan (PPM) for logic and feasibility.
Why do it?
Increasingly organisations are being requested to submit funding proposals and concept documents using the LFA/ZOPP framework.
The LFA/ZOPP method of project planning, when well facilitated, is a powerful method to bring disparate and alternative views and ideas into a coherent agreed plan.
Monitoring and Evaluation (M and E) plans can more easily be developed when using the LFA/ZOPP method of project planning as both qualitative and quantitative indicators are identified which can then be tracked and then reported to important stakeholders through your M and E system.
Who should attend?
This course is relevant for project coordinators, managers, leaders and directors in any organisation seeking to develop a coherent plan and management system for any project. This could be a project with a single focus, a developmental project, or a multi-stakeholder project.
While trainers will supply clear inputs to introduce new concepts and steps, the bulk of the course is focused on applying these steps in practice. Participants will develop a real project plan under constant trainer supervision.
The training will be supported by Project Planning handbooks which outline all the steps of the process. These publications are included in the course fee. (For more information, refer to www.footsteps.org.za)
This Project Planning Training is led by practitioners with extensive local and international experience in training, facilitation and project planning.
Davine has developed and trained this one week programme with a range of colleagues over the years. She has trained over 300 people in this method and has facilitated processes in conceptualising and planning projects and strategies for a wide range of sectors.
Sunjay has trained the LFA with government departments and has used the LFA with NGOs, government departments and community organisations in project planning.
While Rama has used the method extensively in design and fundraising for his own organisation’s projects and applied it with wide range of civil society and community organisations.
How to apply
Please contact Sunjay Panday at footsteps (see details below) for an application form.
We look forward to your application to participate in the LFA/ZOPP and to learning together in 2012!
For more about footsteps, refer to www.footsteps.org.za.