THE CERM PROJECT
What is a Logical Framework?
An important part of any successful project is a clear outline of the steps necessary to achieve the main objective. This can sometimes be represented by a logical framework, also known as a logframe matrix. An example of a logical framework template is given below.
A logical framework matrix can be tailored to suit the specific project. When creating a logframe matrix, it is important to have a clear outline of the outcomes needed to achieve the overall project goal (see our previous post on Road Maps). This format is useful because it gives a sense of the hierarchy of project objectives, and is a more detailed plan than a road map.
The first column (Summary) provides a brief description of each level of the project. When filling in the logframe matrix, it is a good idea to start here. Another very important section is the "Assumptions" column. This represents the external factors that will affect the project. If these assumptions do not hold true, then they are a risk as the project cannot continue on to the next level.
The indicators and verification columns are ways to gauge whether or not the steps outlined in the summary for each project level have been achieved.
This logical framework template is read from the last row to the top (following the arrows), which can be confusing at times. The logframe matrix can be customized so that it is read top down, as long as the logic of the columns holds true.
A logical framework is a useful planning management tool that should be developed no matter the size of the project!
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The CERM Project is a collaboration between academic institutions, The University of the West Indies (UWI) and The University of Trinidad & Tobago (UTT), and Government Energy Institutions - the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries (MEEI), Heritage Petroleum Company Ltd and the National Gas Company (NGC) to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the energy sector