The George Boole Foundation

Hands on training...

All courses include hands on experience in how to use the dedicated cloud-based management information system that have been developed to address agricultural project cycle and portfolio management.

Systems manuals and course module documentation will be included in the course package given to participants.

Participants leave the course with ability to design projects from scratch, conduct appropriate national SDG-type ranking of constraints, detailed gap, needs and project level constraints analysis and the identificaiton of solutions subject to OECD evaluation criteria.
Foundation Courses
New course announcements

We are updating our course announcements to accompany advances in the available analytical tools library to be launched in Q4 2019.

The guide outline of course structures is provided on this page.

As a guide to the format and content of the Foundation course on agricultural project cycle and portfolio management, the general course scope is outlined below.

Course structure

The course structure is divided into two themes.

  • Due diligence design procedure: Introduction to the agricultural project design horizontal framework based on the OSQI 3DP (due diligence design procedure) and hands on training in selection of appropriate analytical tools at each stage of the design cycle.

  • Selection and use of analytical tools: Introduction to use of analytical tools in generating high quality information for the design framework covering:

    • Global national constraints
    • Gaps and needs analysis
    • Project and programme level constraints
    • Defining the feasibility envelope
    • Identification of the best logical project options
    • Selection of the preferred solution

Part I: Due diligence design procedure

Due diligence design procedures provide the logical information gathering steps that ensure that all revelent factors are taken into account and provided with due consideration. At each step there is a selection of analytical tools according to the type of project.

Part II: Selection and use of analytical tools

Part II is made up of applications sessions that follow the sequence explained in Part I. Part II is dedicated to building up capabilities in the selection and use of analytical tools to quantify the main national level constraints related to population dynamics, income levels and distribution and inflation. Real income projections that take into account popultion growth and inflation provide data on purchasing power of lower income segments, production areas required to meet needs, target prices and national commodity balance sheets that take into account trade.

As a result good quality information is generated to quantify target community gaps, needs and constraints. A feasibility envelope which represents the operational space for solutions in the light of project and programme constraints is used to ensure proposed solutions are feasible.

Domain-specific training and extension

Parts I and II are applied to the specific domain of agriculture. Where required, we can provide additional specalised support on details apects of agricultural technology and techniques through our partnership with the STRIDES Foundation who provide essential expertise an guidance in agricultural domain research, innovation and project operational inputs to the course content.

STRIDES Foundation provides an essential extension support combining training, mentoring and post-course follow up to provide practical support for participants in their use of the online project cycle and portfolio management system for their own projects.

What participants gain

Part I and II provide participants with a comprehensive grounding in the essential factors required in the decision analysis leading to a good agricultural project design characterised by reasonable costs, timing, well-defined output and inputs, sensitivity analysis to identify dependecies and a final optimised design with well-define risk profile and a project budget. Participants gain practical capabilities in applying the require decision analyses by following the OQSI due diligence recommendation completed in 2017. This represents best practice in project design procedures. Participants also gain a practical capability in project operations management through the use of the real time audit (RTA) system and on how to monitor and register the progress of project execution and to support the requirements of donor monitoring & evaluation requirements and facilitation of general oversight.

Additional resources and provisions

We continue to pursue research and information collection on best practice in project cycle and portfolio management and decision analysis topics in the field of agriculture and renewable natural resources. The results of this work are published by the Boolen Society series of publications, by SEEL (Systems Engineering Economic Lab) the Decision Analysis Initiative 2015-2020, the Foundation and OQSI (Open Quality Standards Initiative). These publications will be made available through the Boolean library. All participants in training will receive free copies of relevant publications.

The George Boole Foundation & Boolean Society are sponsored by various entities