Programme cycle management
We facilitate and accompany processes all around project or programme cycles - from conceptualisation, design and planning to reviews, evaluations and impact assessment. We are familiar with the traditional logframe approach and goal-oriented planning, but also with innovative approaches such as Outcome Mapping (OM). We also provide longer term conceptual backstopping support to projects and programmes that work on issues within our areas of competence.
- Outcome Mapping
Recently we have added Outcome Mapping to our portfolio because we are of the view that it has the potential to address some of the shortcomings of conventional programme cycle management approaches. We offer short introductory workshops into the OM methodology, as well as support in building capacity and introducing OM in programmes and organisations. We are also engaging in efforts to develop the OM methodology further (e.g. combining OM and logframe elements) and to share experiences among OM practitioners.
- Programme conceptualisation, design and planning
We have broad experiences in assisting in the conceptualisation, design and planning of rural development interventions. In such assignments we see our role very much as facilitators who provide the local actors a comfortable environment for transforming their own ideas, knowhow and experiences into feasible programmes and projects. Of course, we also contribute our own knowledge and ideas, when this is desired and required.
- Review and evaluation
We have conducted many mid-term reviews and evaluations of individual programmes and projects, as well as of whole country portfolios, both as external evaluators and as facilitators of participatory and internal review processes. In such assignments we attempt to be critical and constructive at the same time, and to take into account the views and ideas of the diverse concerned stakeholders, in order to reach a shared understanding and practical recommendations.
- Longer term backstopping
We are engaging in longer term conceptual and methodological backstopping of projects and programmes within our areas of specialisation. So far, such cooperation arrangements took place mainly with projects developing advisory service systems, but we can offer similar support also to other interventions within our competence areas, e.g. in rural value chain development, rural skill development etc.