How to engage with effective project management principles

Project management principles incorporate what you should know about researching the need, engaging with your target audience, planning and managing projects, and keeping track of your success

Knowing what the community needs and wants is important to the core business of what a not-for-profit does. All too often the organisation gets so involved in getting on with the services they are providing without keeping an eye on what’s going on elsewhere.  If they are not providing the services the community value, then somebody else will.  When this happens, it’s difficult to get the community back on side.

Sometimes there’s:

  • A gap in products and services to meet a community need
  •  Funding to carry out research to determine the need, develop the governance, strategic and business plans as well as to deliver projects to achieve your goals
  • Investment up front that supports success in the new venture and positions the organisation to provide new services and products

Underpinning any successful community-based organisation is the ability to deliver projects, whether these be changes within the business or externally funded activity.  Even research and evaluation are project based activities.

Inherent in project management processes is the capacity to find out whether the products or services you are delivering truly meet community need. Where's the evidence? Can it be collected as your activities roll out?  Follow our Project Management Principles for research, project management and evaluation.

Community Research

Community Research

As well as discovering your community needs, research is a good opportunity to connect with your community and a good way to source skills and expertise.

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Project Management

Project Management

How to plan your project to complete on time, on budget and as specified. Reduce your risk. What if you could get a system to manage all your projects - in a box?

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Project Evaluation

Project Evaluation

Take your project management skills to the next level and build your project evaluation skills.

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