Project design: the logical framework approach

This course will take you step by step through the process of creating a logframe. You will get to grips with the logic, learn how to write useful indicators and think about how to verify them.

Course dates

This course will take you step by step through the process of creating a logframe. You will get to grips with the logic, learn how to write useful indicators and think about how to verify them.

It is conducted through practical group work, taking a case study from assessment and project identification through to completed logframe.

Take this course together with Managing the project cycle and Project Management (Project DPro Foundation) Certification as part of our Project Management Week.

Course structure

Three half day online session plus individual and group work in the afternoons, between sessions.

Total time commitment over the period of the course is 17 hours:

  • 9 hours of live online sessions
  • 8 hours of self-paced activities

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for people new to using the logical framework approach to plan and develop projects and for those who wish to refresh or improve their technique.

What you will learn

  • How the logframe can help you plan coherently
  • The potential, limitations and misuse of logframes
  • Why participatory work with stakeholders is essential to project planning
  • How to analyse data relating to stakeholders, problems and solutions
  • How to set objectives and identify activities to achieve them
  • How to develop a logframe with sound internal logic and assumptions
  • How to write SMART objectives and consider indicators of progress and data collection
  • How the EC and DFID logframe formats compare
  • During the course we will work in small groups to develop a sample logframe based on a case study



What is a logframe and why do we use it?

  • Why the approach might be useful and why it might be poorly used
  • The project cycle and stakeholder engagement – where does the logframe fit in?

Project identification and stakeholder analysis

  • The difference between assessment and analysis
  • The importance of participation
  • Using stakeholder analysis tools

Problem and objectives analysis

  • Analysing data to create a problem tree
  • Turning a problem tree into an objective tree

The project logic: part 1

  • Developing the project objectives
  • The logframe matrix: vertical and horizontal logic
  • Linking outputs to outcomes
  • Assumptions and risks
  • Review, questions and feedback

The project logic: part 2

  • Linking activities to outputs
  • What inputs are needed to do the activities?

Indicators and means of verification

  • SMART objectives
  • Indicators to measure progress
  • Data to collect

Assessing logframes

  • Feedback on groups’ logframes and suggestions for improvements

Different logframe formats

  • The EC and DFID logframes
  • Baselines, targets and milestones for DFID logframes
  • Impact weighting and risk rating for DFID logframes

Recap and evaluation  


All course times in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Check the live session start and end time in your timezone here (please ensure you choose the right date when checking timezones).

Live session 1: Monday 15th March, 9.30 - 13.00 (3.5 hours)

One hour's additional group work required before live session 2

Live session 2: Wednesday 17th March, 9.30 - 13.00 (3.5 hours)

Two hours' additional group work required before live session 3

(Optionl) office hours session: Thursday 18th March, 14.00 - 15.45 (15 minutes per group)

Live session 3: Friday 19th March, 9.30 - 13.00 (3.5 hours)


Booking deadline

Bookings will close at 15:00 GMT the last working day before the course to enable us to email participants the joining instructions ahead of the first live session.

Course prices

Band 1


Band 2

Bond members >£2M annual spend

Band 3

Bond members <£2M annual spend

* 10% off if you book 8 weeks in advance; 5% off 3 or more bookings.

Contact us for special discounts if you're a student or unemployed.


off if you book early*


off multiple bookings*

Event dates

Monday, March 15, 2021 to Friday, March 19, 2021

22 places available


Jane Davies

Jane has designed and delivered training for many different audiences including teachers, humanitarian workers and volunteers. She started working in development in 1998 as a VSO volunteer and has also been a Senior Education Officer with ActionAid.