IMPLEMENTATION STEP 1: Planning for effective implementation
The design stage of the project cycle should have produced a detailed description of the CBA project parameters, including goal, objectives, target groups and expected results. It should also have engaged project partners and other stakeholders, and identified strategies to achieve the expected results. This step is about translating the project design into a detailed plan for project implementation.
Implementation Step 1.1: Develop an implementation plan for the project
Following the detailed design of the project, the next step is to develop an implementation plan for the project. Some donors require this as part of the project contract, and will provide a template for this purpose. Regardless of whether it is required by the donor, developing an implementation plan is an important project management step.
Ideally, the implementation plan will incorporate all aspects of project implementation, including detailed strategies for achieving the project results, approaches for working with partners and other stakeholders, and the information & knowledge management system (see I&KM Step 1). It should also cover operational and administrative issues such as procurement and management of project assets and schedules for financial and progress reporting.
The process for developing an implementation plan for a CBA project is essentially the same as for a development project. The following steps identify issues that are particularly important to consider in a CBA project. Ideally, these issues will be incorporated into the implementation plan.
Implementation Step 1.2: Develop annual work plans
The implementation plan described above presents the plan for the life of the project. To put the plan into practice, project teams and partners must develop annual work plans, including annual budgets.
The Basics of Project Implementation: A Guide for Project Managers
This handbook developed by CARE provides guidance that will enable managers oversee all components of project implementation in an integrated, holistic manner. If focuses on managing relationships with project stakeholders, managing human and financial resources, facilitating learning, managing risks and ensuring flexibility.
CARE International Programme Principles
These six principles represent the key principles that CARE International has committed to across all of its programmes. They define how we will work as an organisation to achieve our vision and mission. It is important to keep these principles in mind when planning for project implementation.
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