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Title: Q: Is the LogFrame is the right tool for managing most NGO work?


1
Q Is the LogFrame is the right tool for managing
most NGOwork?
  • A Not as it is used. We could do better, with
    better tools

2
Caveats
  • Criticism here is of LogFrames only,
  • One member of a wider family of logic models
  • The LogFrame has mutated into many forms
  • There is no one pure model
  • My concern is with finding better alternatives
  • Which are inter-operative
  • My evidence ME consultancy gt1990, plus
  • 3 UNICEF and 1 GTZ project in Indonesia, 3 DFID
    funded, 1 AusAID funded, 2006-2009

3
1. Criticisms of the structure
  • Use of time as the main axis presents three
    problems
  • Artificial, abstract, confusing distinctions
    between points in time (AgtOgtPgtG), where none
    exist in reality
  • No feedback loops (these are not possible,
    because time cant go backwards)
  • Complex linkages between row events are left out,
    even if a Problem Tree Analysis was done before
  • Four rows only, and often only two are used

4
2. Criticisms of how they are used
  • Goals that are generalisations of lower level
    events, rather than describe their results
  • Long, complex, unreadable sentences, in the
    narrative column, trying to say too much
  • A story line that is impossible to follow
  • Frequent absence of references to who is
    involved, and too many descriptions of abstract
    change processes
  • Overly simple indicators used to describe complex
    developments

5
3. Wider usage issues
  • Accountability and Learning issues
  • Excessive focus on horizontal logic. Even more so
    in the new DFID LogFrame layout
  • Opportunities come from explicating and testing
    the Theory-of-Change (vertical logic). But who is
    interested?
  • Introduction of weighting of outputs in DFID ARs
    is a positive development!

6
A healthy mutation?
  • Develop a Social Framework, where
  • Each row describes a type of actor
  • The sequence of rows describes a chain of actors,
    forming a pathway along which influence takes
    place
  • Assumptions column can describe how these actors
    are influenced by a wider network of actors
    surrounding them

7
Advantages
  • Who is involved and responsible at each level is
    clear. This enables participation
  • Two way influence process is built in
  • What matters is the functioning of the whole
    chain ( distributed accountability)
  • Relationships between two levels can be magnified
    to show detail, by related tools

8
Sources
  • The Logical Framework A list of useful
    documents
  • The Social Framework as an alternative to the
    Logical Framework
  • This PowerPoint See BOND Debate
  • All at www.mande.co.uk

9
Example Social Framework
Forest communities OVI MOV Assumptions
A Government
Other CSOs
In-country partner
UK NGO
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