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Programme design & development

Planning makes perfect.

When a football or rugby player is about to kick a penalty, they always take the time to line up their shot. They plan what they are about to do.

As the speakers in the video elaborate, the same is true for programme design. Planning your programme in collaboration with your partners and participants BEFORE delivery will significantly improve your chances of success.

Netina Latu [00:00-03:26 & 12:17-12:53] CEO, Tonga Table Tennis Federation

Semaima LagiLagi [03:26-06:26 & 12:53] Fiji Get into Rugby Plus Coordinator, Oceania

Kitiana Kaitu [06:26-09:13] Get into Rugby Plus Coach and Life Skills Educator, Fiji

Mark Mom [09:13-12:17] National Rugby League Pacific Program Manager, Papua New Guinea

NB: Please note that the titles of contributors reflect their position at the time of contributing to the course. We recognise that various contributors have changed their roles and positions and others may do so in the future.

Programme design: Inputs, activities and outputs

Key things you need to consider during programme design:

  1. What is the problem you are addressing?
  2. Who is the programme being developed for?
  3. Who will deliver it?
  4. What is the outcome or impact you want to see changed? Work backwards from there to develop programme activities (theory of change to logic model)
  5. How will you include include all stakeholders, governments, funders and the community? Engage in critical discussions BEFORE implementation.
  6. How will you ensure the long-term sustainability of the project?
  7. Clear and considered plans will improve implementation. Remember, planning is part of a cycle, so plans will likely change over time.

It is good to prepare a programme design as if someone else has to implement it. This forces you to think more about any assumptions within your design.

Reflect on this video – think about some of the planning steps covered already. What SDGs are these activities aligned to? What are the goals or impacts they hope to achieve through the programmes? What additional information would you need to run these programmes yourself? Share your thoughts in the feed below.

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