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Project and Programme Thinking Tools approach to PCM
Taking CIDT’s Project and Programme Thinking Tools approach Philip Dearden, Head of CIDT, taught an intensive two-day Project Cycle Management course for new DAI staff 19 – 20 May 2015 in the DAI Hemel Hempstead office.
The intensive and very participatory workshop covered a variety of Project and Programme Management Tools including Stakeholder analysis, Problem analysis, Objectives analysis, Risk Analysis and Logical Framework Analysis.
Working around the Project Cycle participants were also introduced to the important topics of Monitoring, Review and Evaluation and the new DFID Logical Framework which has a rather different format to the more traditional style logframes.
The strengths and weaknesses of the Logical Framework Approach (LFA) were examined as was the rather thorny issue of donor harmonisation in relation to Project Cycle
Feedback from participants
“Excellent teaching on logical frameworks.”
“I found the course very helpful and stimulating, particularly putting the theory into practice.”
“Enjoyed it and expect it to be useful.”
“The workshop was delivered at a good pace whilst giving enough time for reflection on what was learnt.”
“I have gained a contextual structure from which to approach my work and a better understanding of the donors approach. A particular strength was how tailored it was to our work.”
“Better understanding of tools for project cycle management.”
“Good trainer, clear course structure, good hand out materials.”
“Understanding the log-frame and the tools/questions to criticise or improve them.”
“For writing proposals the knowledge and techniques for developing log-frames are invaluable.”