FROM PLANNING TO PERFORMANCE

PROJECT PLANNING, PROPOSAL WRITING & REPORTING SKILLS TRAINING FOR SAAF PARTNERS

PRIVATE STUDY AREA FOR SAAF GRANTEE PARTNERS
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TO BE SPONSORED FOR THIS TRAINING, PLEASE CONTACT SAAF DIRECTLY

COURSE OUTCOMES

This practical course covers three main themes:

  • Professional Writing Skills
  • Project Planning and Proposal Writing
  • Reporting Skills / Report Writing

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Poor writing gets poor results. The message is lost, or the reader is unconvinced. A report's recommendations can get overlooked, and our proposals can fail to persuade donors. And many people find writing stressful - when it doesn't have to be that like that. Good writers aren't born that way. It's a skill that you can quickly and easily learn.

Professional writers all:

  • Start with clear objectives
  • Organise their ideas logically
  • Aim to write clearly and be understood

And good writers are systematic. They don't waste their time staring at the screen, waiting for inspiration. Instead, they follow a sequence of steps - thinking, planning, drafting and editing - so they manage their work without deadline stress and consistently deliver writing that has impact.

Through these modules, you will learn how to take the skills you already have and use them to write clearly and persuasively - whether it's a report, a proposal, a press release, memo or email.

PROJECT PLANNING & PROPOSAL WRITING

Through the Project Planning and Proposal Writing modules, you will learn how to:

  • Design a project your donors will support
  • Plan, draft and edit a persuasive proposal

Through downloadable course videos, practical worksheets and extra materials, you will learn how to:

  • Identify a project your donors will support
  • Design a project using Logical Framework Approach
  • Plan your proposal in a logical, persuasive way
  • Communicate clearly and in a way that keeps your readers interested and alert

In this part of the course we address the challenges faced by development professionals when it comes to project planning and proposal writing, in a way that allows for maximum practical work. While you will get all the theory you need, you will learn the steps and tools in a way that you can apply time after time after the course is over so that:

  • You will always know what to do each time you have to develop a proposal
  • Your proposals will be well-organised, clear and persuasive - contributing to better relations with donors and, more importantly, increased donor support

REPORTING SKILLS

This part of the course will teach you to create reports that lead to action and support good project decision-making. You will learn a process for reporting that will reduce wasted time and deadline stress and lead to writing that has greater impact.

Through downloadable course videos, practical worksheets and extra materials, you will learn how to:

  • Set reporting objectives and select the most appropriate data collection methods
  • Analyse data and draw conclusions / identify lessons learned
  • Plan your writing around the report objectives and reader's needs
  • Organise your ideas in a logical, persuasive way
  • Communicate clearly and in a way that keeps your readers interested and alert

In this part of the course we address the challenges faced by development professionals when it comes to reporting in a way that allows for maximum practical work. While you will get all the theory you need, you will learn the steps and tools in a way that you can apply time after time after the course is over so that:

  • You will always know what to do each time you report
  • Your reports will be actionable - contributing to better managed, more responsive projects and better results
  • Your reports will take less time and be of higher quality

 

HOW IT WORKS

To enrol, each partner organisation will need approval from SAAF. Once approved, we will enrol your organisation in the course where you will have access to all course videos, worksheets and extra materials.

Your organisation will have a shared login for the course - and you will need to plan to study and work through the tasks and assignments together as a team.

To ensure you complete the course in good time, access is limited to two months. However, during that period, you can download all materials for future reference.

You will work through a series of video presentations on various aspects of Professional Writing, Project Planning, Proposal Writing and Reporting Skills.

The curriculum is broken into four parts, and you will have one week to complete each part. Each week the study materials will become available for the week ahead. You will work through them as a team at your own pace to complete the week's study. You should allow up to 10 study hours per week. There is a check-in at the end of each week's study, where you can leave any comments or questions.

Topics covered are as follows:

Week 1: Professional Writing - Principles of Professional Writing, Clarity, Organisation, Style and Editing

Week 2: The Logical Framework Approach / Project Planning - Context Analysis, Problem Analysis, Stakeholder Analysis, Setting Objectives and Identifying Project Strategy

Week 3: Building your Logical Framework and Planning, Drafting and Editing your Proposal

Week 4 - Reporting Skills - Setting Objectives, Gathering and Analysing Data, and Planning / Drafting / Editing reports.

Technical Notes

To progress through the course, you must complete each lesson in sequence to unlock the next one. Once you have completed it, use the 'Next Lesson' tab. You will see your progress as a percentage on the left side of your screen. (You must complete watching any videos to progress.)

At the end of each major section, there are tests to measure how successfully you have learned the skills. You need to achieve a 70% score to continue. You may retake the test up to 5 times.

This is a practical course. Therefore, you will be invited to stop the video and complete different tasks at various points. You will find the worksheets for these inside the course.

When all modules are completed, your team is invited to send an assignment for personal feedback within 2 weeks of course completion. This is a team effort, and each organisation will send just one assignment.

 

COURSE CURRICULUM


  WEEK 1: PROFESSIONAL WRITING - SELF-ASSESSMENT TEST & CHECK-IN
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  WEEK 2: PROJECT PLANNING AND PROPOSAL WRITING - INTRODUCTION TO THE LOGICAL FRAMEWORK APPROACH
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  WEEK 2: PROJECT PLANNING AND PROPOSAL WRITING - LFA STEPS 1 & 2
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  WEEK 2: PROJECT PLANNING AND PROPOSAL WRITING - LFA STEPS 3,4 & 5
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  WEEK 2: CHECK-IN
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  WEEK 3: PROJECT PLANNING AND PROPOSAL WRITING -THE LOGICAL FRAMEWORK APPROACH - PLANNING
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  WEEK 3: PROJECT PLANNING AND PROPOSAL WRITING - SELF-ASSESSMENT TEST & CHECK-IN
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  WEEK 4: REPORTING SKILLS - WRAPPING UP
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  WEEK 4: REPORTING SKILLS - SELF-ASSESSMENT TEST & CHECK-IN
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  FEEDBACK / COACHING
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PERSONAL COACHING / FEEDBACK (OPTIONAL)

While you will find the course clear and complete, many people benefit from one-to-one feedback and guidance. The insights gained from just one session can make a massive difference to your writing - and, consequently, the effectiveness of your reports and proposals.

If you opt for this, you will be invited to send a short report or proposal for personal, one-to-one feedback on your strengths and areas for improvement. You will receive your feedback as a video file for future reference.

 


TO BE SPONSORED FOR THIS COURSE, PLEASE CONTACT PHONSINA ARCHANE (SHASHA)

PROGRAM ADVISER – TECHNICAL ALLYSHIP, SAFE ABORTION ACTION FUND (SAAF)

[email protected]

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