First and foremost, our work plans are based on a clear results framework that identifies from the outset results the project is expected to achieve and from which work plan activities flow. A results-driven work plan keeps the focus on outcomes and the long-term impact.
Our planning process is highly participatory, involving all project technical staff to ensure they take ownership of the results the project is expected to achieve. We also involve our client and country counterparts to ensure our projects are relevant to their needs and meet intended objectives.
Our project work plans are thoroughly researched, often serving as blue prints for project implementation. Finally, they are firmly linked to comprehensive Performance Monitoring Plans (PMPs). We view monitoring and evaluation as an integral part of project design and implementation. Through the project’s results framework, we link our project work plans and PMPs to ensure every activity contributes to quantifiable and measurable results.
To ensure our work plans follow these principles, we use state-of-the-art work planning tools and industry approaches such as Center of Excellence (COE), the STAR model, and the Participatory Organizational Needs Assessment tool (PONAT).
The Star Model was developed by Jay Galbraith in the 1960s. It is a framework for analyzing an organization’s capacity across five organizational design elements: strategy (mission and values), structure (location of authority), process (core operations), people (human resources), and rewards (staff motivation and incentives). The STAR model was applied by the Uganda AIDS Capacity Enhancement Project (ACE) to prioritize its capacity building activities.