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Results Based Planning (and Proposal Writing)

(Note: this course was formerly named “Project Planning and Proposal Writing”.)

Course Fee: €FOA
Course Duration: 10 weeks

Course Aims

Tailored specifically to the needs of busy development project staff, this distance education course in Results Based Planning aims to empower learners to:

  • To use the results-based approach to plan and implement projects in line with Results Based Management principles
  • To plan and work in ways that foster participation and inclusion
  • To develop clear and logical Results Frameworks
  • To develop high quality plans and proposals, in line with international development trends and best practice

What’s covered?

Unit 1Key Principles of Results Based Planning explains the key concepts and terminology of results based project planning and provides an overview of the project life cycle. It enables development practitioners to understand and use the results based approach to plan and implement projects. Within the context of international development targets, it provides guidance on conducting situation and stakeholder analyses, identifying problems and setting objectives for projects.

Unit 2Participation focuses on the principle of inclusiveness and outlines the importance of the human dimension in project planning. It points out that while the objective of planning is to respond to development challenges and issues in a systematic manner, it must never be forgotten that people are central to planning.

Unit 3Participatory Planning in Action outlines a culturally aware approach to planning and practical steps to ensure that communities, including particular groups within communities, are empowered to fully participate throughout.

Unit 4The Results Based Management (RBM) Life Cycle and Results Frameworks builds on the Results Based Life Cycle Approach that was introduced in Unit 1. It provides step-by-step advice on how to develop a Results Framework for your own projects, based on the context, problem and objective analysis outlined in Unit 1. In particular, it highlights the importance of formulating appropriate indicators carefully.

Unit 5Preparing and Writing A Project Proposal outlines the importance of writing clear and logical narrative proposals to accompany your results framework and budget. It also provides practical examples and tips on how to write winning proposals in a very competitive environment.


After studying the material for each unit, students are expected to test their own learning by completing some relevant exercises and comparing their answers to those provided.

Discussion Forum

Students are expected to participate in at least three discussion forums throughout the course. However, students are encouraged to participate actively in as many forum discussions as possible. Course participants are an important resource and support who can enrich and enhance the learning journey. Creating a sense of community with class mates makes the experience more personable and leads to more vibrant and engaged conversations in the weekly discussion forum.


In order to demonstrate understanding of the course content, students will be required to submit three assignments, the first on ‘The Human Dimension’, and the second on ‘Project Planning – the Results Framework, and the third on ‘Proposal Writing’.


Each KODE course is accompanied by a Toolbox which contains exercises, further reading, examples, templates, and/or tools for practical application, and signposting to further supports. Students are strongly encouraged to review the toolbox and make use of the tools and supports available to enhance the learning experience and the practical application of new knowledge and skills in the students’ field of work.

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