Project Identification and Selection

Project Identification involves;

  • Ideas for projects and other actions are identified and screened for further study.
  • Consultation with intended beneficiaries of each action, and analysis of the problems they face,
  • Identification of options to address these problems.
  • Decision is made on the relevance of each project idea and which ideas should be further studied during the design and planning stage
  • Project identification phase seeks:
    • To develop a plan and risk assessment for a proposed project
    • To provide information for portfolio assessing strategic viability of the project.
    • Emphasis on analyzing the project sponsor’s strategic requirements as well as immediate needs.
    • Deliverables on Project management, a foundation for estimates and for the Project Charter

Before initiating a project, consider that:

  1. All resources necessary for completing the project are available (first of all human resources)
  2. the probability for getting finances is big enough
  3. the project contributes to achieving strategic goals of the institution
  4. the external conditions favorable
  5. the need for the project outcome is widely recognized,

Needs analysis

  • Determination of needs is done just prior to initiating a project
  • A detailed needs analysis is made during the planning phase.

Need analysis provides:

  • Justification of the project to potential donors and decision makers;
  • Better understanding and overview of the project scope
  • A simple composition of the project plan;
  • Enhanced commitment of project partners; general acceptance of significance of the project

Needs analysis requires:

  • Information about similar projects done by the partners elsewhere;
  • SWOT-analysis: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in relation to the project.
  • A project should be initiated only if all, the stakeholders are convinced that the project will contribute to sustainability and
  • The good of institutions involved and that there is necessary commitment present.

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