Logical Framework Approach

Course overview

This course gives training on how to design projects and programmes using the Logical Framework Approach. During the training you will be introduced to a range of tools that support results-based management and learn how to effectively apply them in practice. Most Donor Agencies use ‘Logframes’ as a project/programme planning tool. By the end of this workshop you will feel confident in using Logframes to design a project and will be familiar with their use at all stages of the project cycle. You will also practice undertaking stakeholder analysis, problem analysis and risk analysis – further tools that are extremely important in relation to Project Cycle Management. If required, training can be tailored to examine new style logframes used by DFID and others, and ‘payment by results’.

Course details

Courses rosette
  • Delivery method: Online and/or face-to-face
  • Length: 20 learning hours online or 2-5 days face to face (depending on experience of the group)
  • Certification: The course can be accredited through the Institute for Management and Leadership (ILM).
FGMC proposal writing workshops

Study Online

Individual cost to take this course is £290. Group discounts are available. Click the button above to see discounted prices.

Please note: Once you have made your payment we will add you to the course and send you your login details. This may take up to 2 working days.

Course objectives

By the end of the training participants will be able to:

  • Identify the need for development interventions through stakeholder analysis
  • Analyse a situation, its challenges and possibilities and develop objectives for moving ahead
  • Design projects using logical framework (logframe) planning techniques
  • Distinguish the 4 levels of the objectives hierarchy and describe the cause and effect relationship within a logframe
  • Identify, assess and manage the risks and assumptions inherent in development work
  • Design indicators and targets and identify means of verification.


Our courses utilise a variety of methodologies, such as role play, reflective questionnaire, case studies, reflective journal, participatory analysis tools and much more. We design programmes to include a useful mix of hard and soft skills, combining practical tools and tips with brief ‘theoretical’ inputs where relevant.

At CIDT we are great believers in experiential learning. Therefore our courses and workshops are very participatory and active in nature, so be prepared to share your ideas, experiences, problems, challenges and practices with other. We also believe that learning should be fun – so please also bring your sense of humor with you!

Course Content

Identification and Appraisal

  • Stakeholder Analysis; who, what and why
  • Tools in stakeholder analysis
  • Situation, Problem and Objectives analysis
  • Option analysis
  • Linking to the logframe

Setting Objectives

  • An outline of the logframe
  • Hierarchy of objectives
  • Categories of outputs

Managing Risks

  • Impact and probability, gains and costs
  • Mitigation
  • Managing risk
  • Residual assumptions

Design: Setting Progress Indicators and Verifiers/Data Sources

  •  The logframe as a monitoring, review and evaluation tool
  • Indicators; who, what, how and when
  • Types of indicators
  • From indicators to targets
  • Evidence; verifying information
  • Triangulation
  • Performance assessment and the logframe
  • Reporting using the logframe

Working with Logframes and New Style Logframes

  • Critiquing logical frameworks
  • Synergy and coherence in project and programme portfolios
  • Communicating with the logframe
  • Developing workplans and budgets using logframes

Project Sustainability

  • What are the challenges?
  • Sustainability – a simple check list

What our participants say…

“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.”