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Planning cycle with evaluation and improvement at the centre and local context surrounding

Introduction to the planning cycle

Planning is the basis for implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation and directs the steps above in a logical sequence.

  1. Planning is the process of identifying the goals or objectives to be achieved
  2. Formulating the strategies to achieve them
  3. Organising or creating the means required and establishing performance or evaluation frameworks as well as determining resources

Planning is an interactive process with a number of straightforward logical steps:

Keep it simple. Take people with you. Monitor, evaluate, learn, adapt. Improve the next time.

The focus of this course is to work through each step of the planning stage: local context and involvement (situational analysis), aligned vision to activities and indicators (logic model) and continuous monitoring to ensure things are working as well as they can do. The content will highlight how all the tools and frameworks come together, creating a toolbox for reference when building programmes in the future.

All of this planning builds on your theory of change to develop a robust logic model with measurable outcomes.

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Sport for Sustainable Development: Designing Effective Policies and Programmes

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