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Introduction to the planning cycle

How the planning cycle can help us.
Planning cycle with evaluation and improvement at the centre and local context surrounding

Planning is the basis of implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation and directs the principles from the previous step in a logical sequence.

The planning cycle involves the following key actions:

1) Identify the problem/issue you seek to address

2) Set SMART goals and objectives

3) Identify and collaborate with key stakeholders

4) Design activities to achieve goals and objectives

5) Design an M&E framework with indicators and tools

6) Plan for programme sustainability (and scaling up if relevant)

7) Monitor, evaluate, learn and adapt

Planning is a cycle – not a straightforward linear process. It is always ongoing and never finished.

The focus of this course is to work through each step of the planning cycle, equipping you with the tools, resources, and frameworks to plan your programmes effectively and efficiently.

All of this planning builds on your theory of change to develop a robust logic model with measurable outcomes – ultimately allowing you to track how well your plan is working!

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