2020 Project Cycle Management & Research Course
07 Feb 2020

2020 Project Cycle Management & Research Course


07 Feb 2020


Duration: 1 Month

Dates: Saturday 22nd February, Sunday 23rd February and Saturday 21st March 2020 (and online between those dates) 

Location: Viatores Christi, 8 New Cabra Road, Dublin 7 and online

Who is this for?
Existing or prospective MDOs, volunteers, development workers and missionaries who wish to gain greater knowledge of the principles of Project Cycle Management and Results Focused Planning as well as field based research methodologies.
Course Dates
This a one-month course which runs from Saturday 22nd February, Sunday 23rd February and Saturday 21st March 2020 (and online between those dates) 
  • An adult learning approach will be used which will be a mixture of didactic instruction, group work, case study, and shared experience.
  • This is a part facilitated and blended, web-enhanced course using expert facilitators and an online Moodle platform to provide learners with a integrated system to create personalised learning environments with a focus on interaction and collaborative discussion.
 Course Schedule Details
Facilitated Sessions
Project Cycle Management (Full Weekend Workshop)
VC HQ, Dublin 7 – 10am-5pm on Saturday 22nd February 2020  and 10am – 1pm Sunday 23rd February 2020.
Research Methodologies (3 Hour Session)
VC HQ, Dublin 7 – 10am – 1pm Saturday 21st March 2020
Online, web enhanced modules
Delivered using Moodle platform 
All modules are guided, monitored in an integrated system
Module Objectives:
To facilitate participants to
  • understand the principles and stages of Project Cycle Managementgain more knowledge of the principles and stages of Results Focused Planning
  • understand what Monitoring and Evaluation is all about, and how to conduct project monitoring and project evaluations
  • gain an increased confidence in relation to planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating a project or programme
Outline Content
  • The Project Cycle
    • Organisational Strategic Direction and Wider Policy Context
    • Problem Identification and Planning
    • Proposal Development and Financing
    • Implementation
    • Monitoring
    • Evaluation
  • Results Focused Planning
    • Activities Focused Approach vs. Results Focused Approach
    • Identification of the Overall Problem
    • Context and Organisational Analysis
    • Participation and Stakeholder Analysis
    • Problem Identification and Analysis, Needs Assessments
    • Objective Setting and Analysis
    • The Intervention Logic
    • Risks Analysis
    • Indicators and Means of Verification
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
    • Definitions, Types & Purpose of Monitoring
    • Monitoring vs Evaluation Purpose & Focus of Evaluation
    • OECD-DAC Evaluation Criteria
    • Monitoring and Evaluation in Practice
Learning Outcomes
  • By the end of the module, participants will be able to:
  • Use a results focused approach to planning interventions 
  • Use participatory techniques with local communities
  • Work with local communities to identify needs within the community
  • Plan with local communities and stakeholders in a collaborative manner
  • Plan sustainable, viable projects that respond to needs identified by local communities
  • Monitor the implementation and outcomes of projects
  • Organise an evaluation of the merits of the project 
Module Objectives
To facilitate participants to
  •  understand the principles of research methodologies
  • be able to use various types of research methods
  • to understand participatory approaches to research
  • to understand some of the difficulties in carrying out research in developing countries
  • This module will be taught mostly online with a variety of methods, including core reading documents, quizzes, forum questions and videos followed by a 3 hour facilitated session in VC HQ. 
  • The session will allow for a practical application of the theory learnt during the online course.
Outline Content:
  • Principles of research methodologies:
  • Overarching research paradigms, ethics and methods; the research process
  • Designing, conducting and reporting on a variety of research methods for project assessment
  • Principles and methods of participatory research
  • Examples of situations of the difficulties and challenges of practical research in developing country contexts
Learning Outcomes:
Participants will be able to:
  • Think critically about different approaches to research
  • Have a basic knowledge of how to design, conduct and report on a variety of research methods
  • Have a basic knowledge of different approaches to participatory research
  • Have an introduction to the difficulties and challenges of conducting research in developing countries
How to join
Please email Colette@viatoreschristi.com or call 01-8689986
Course fee
€100 (lunch/refreshments costs included) 
Places are strictly limited
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