By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...
- Apply tools, methods and frameworks for investigation and analysis aimed at informing development policy and practice
- Construct and communicate arguments using clear conceptual frameworks, integrating quantitative and qualitative evidence
- Use sound methodological principles and practices to investigate a development management problem
- Critically analyse the contexts, processes and outcomes of development interventions, and the relationships by means of which interventions are undertaken
- Gather and make effective use of data of various sorts, from diverse sources, and from different media
You’ll have access to our online welcome area where you’ll be able to start conversations with your fellow learners and read any announcements or information relating to your microcredential.
From 15 Mar 2021
Global Development in Practice: Designing an Intervention
This course will provide you with the skills, tools and methodologies to plan a development intervention.
13 hours per week
Introducing global development
- Welcome to Designing an Intervention
- Setting out
- Looking at Development Management
- Week 1 Review
The nature of intervention
- What is meant by 'doing development'?
- The nature and range of interventions
- Thinking about change
- Thinking about boundaries
- Thinking about planning: The project cycle
- Week 2 Review
Designing a development management intervention
- Welcome to Week 3
- Why are logframes so important?
- Comparing two methods
- Week 3 Review
Current thinking on development management
- Welcome to Week 4
- Results-based Management (RBM)
- Theories of Change
- Over to you - submit a peer review assignment
- Outcome mapping
- A new approach: Adaptive Management
- Week 4 Review
Quantitative investigative methods for development managers
- How to find your data
- How to test your ideas
- How to tell whether your intervention has worked
- Week 5 Review
Skills for critical appraisal
- Why do development managers need critical appraisal skills?
- Critical appraisal: let’s get started
- Unpacking commonly used methods and measurements
- Guesstimates and estimates
- Common problems and key questions for the critical appraiser
- Applying what you’ve learned
- Starting to think about your assessment
- Week 6 Review
- The need for monitoring and evaluation
- What is needed to evaluate effectively?
- Evaluation as performance
- The changing landscape
- Week 7 Review
Impact evaluation: a guide
- Why should development managers use quantitative methods for evaluation?
- Quantitative techniques for discovering causality in development management
- The rise and rise of RCTs in development management
- Critique of the use of RCTs in Development Management
- Week 8 Review
Broadening the perspective on impact evaluation
- Welcome to Week 9
- Why use mixed methods?
- Alternative quantitative methods of evaluation
- Multi-causality & Systems Thinking
- Week 9 Review
Doing evaluation differently
- Limitations of conventional evaluation
- Methods for evaluation
- Mixed methods
- Week 10 Review
Bringing your learning together
- Reviewing this course
- Useful links and resources
- Week 11 Review
Preparing your assessment
- Reviewing this microcredential
- Assessment overview
- Important guidance about your assessment
- Thank you and good luck!
Once you’ve successfully completed the microcredential, you’ll receive your academic credits from The Open University. You’ll have ongoing, unlimited access to the course materials.
15 UK credits at Postgraduate level from The Open University
Credits are awarded on passing the final assessment. The assessment focuses on the project cycle as the dominant mode of ‘doing development’, linked to a case study, and subjected to a critique. You will develop your own case study and provide a critique of the project cycle process.
Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.
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- LocationMilton Keynes, UK
- World rankingTop 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020