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.

Related courses:

Taken together with Managing the project cycle, this course helps prepare you to take the Project Management (Project DPro Foundation) Certification.

Course structure

Three half day online session plus individual and group work 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 design and develop projects and for those who wish to refresh or improve their technique.

What you will learn

  • How the logframe can help you design coherent projects
  • The potential, limitations and misuse of logframes
  • Why participatory work with stakeholders is essential to project design
  • 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 indicators of progress and consider data collection
  • Compare logframe formats including those from EC and FCDO

Programme

Structure

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 FCDO logframes
  • Baselines, targets and milestones for FCDO logframes
  • Impact weighting and risk rating for FCDO logframes

Recap and evaluation  

Schedule 

All September - October 2021 live session times are in British Summer Time (BST), and all March 2022 live session times are 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).

September - October 2021

Live session 1: Monday 27th September, 9.30 - 13.00 (3.5 hours)

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

Live session 2: Wednesday 29th September, 9.30 - 13.00 (3.5 hours)

Two hours' additional group work required before live session 3

(Optional) office hours session: Thursday 30th March, 11.00 - 12.45 (15 minutes per group)

Live session 3: Friday 1st October, 9.30 - 13.00 (3.5 hours)

 

March 2022

Live session 1: Monday 14th March, 13.30 - 17.00 (3.5 hours)

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

Live session 2: Wednesday 16th March, 13.30 - 17.00 (3.5 hours)

Two hours' additional group work required before live session 3

(Optional) office hours session: Thursday 17th March, 14.00 - 15.45 (15 minutes per group)

Live session 3: Friday 18th March, 13.30 - 17.00 (3.5 hours)

 

Booking deadline

Bookings will close at 15:00 BST/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

Non-members
£645.00

Band 2

Bond members >£2M annual spend
£495.00

Band 3

Bond members <£2M annual spend
£250.00

* 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.

10%

off if you book early*

5%

off multiple bookings*

Event dates

Monday, September 27, 2021 to Friday, October 1, 2021

15 places available

Monday, March 14, 2022 to Friday, March 18, 2022

18 places available

Trainers

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.