• The Open University

Doing Development: Part 1

Gain an introduction to the key characteristics of development intervention and theories of change.

Doing Development: Part 1
  • Duration9 weeks
  • Weekly study15 hours

Build your understanding of development intervention and theories of change

On this course, you’ll begin your exploration of the tools, methods and frameworks for investigation and analysis. This exploration is aimed at informing development policy and practice by engaging with key characteristics of development intervention.

You’ll explore the main features of theories of change and understand how conceptual frameworks are used for designing an effective development intervention. You’ll be taught the study skills needed to complete the assessments for the program that this course is a part of.

What topics will you cover?

  • Understanding of development intervention
  • Development of conceptual framework
  • Theories of change

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone working in a development agency or who has a professional or personal interest in development.

What software or tools do you need?

A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities.

Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

A desktop or laptop computer with either:

  • Windows 7 or higher
  • Mac OS 10.7 or higher

The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

To participate in our online discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones.

Who will you learn with?

Part-time associate lecturer, mother of 3 young children. Contemplating the future at 40.

Hi, I'm Marianna and I've worked in the NGO, government and academic sectors, on poverty and inequality, conflict and government policy. I'm passionate about development and helping others achieve.

My academic interests are centred around gender and development, the Sustainable Development Goals and global governance processes all of which I've taught or practised. I'm module Chair of D890.

Who developed the course?

The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

  • Established1969
  • LocationMilton Keynes, UK
  • World rankingTop 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020