Supporting the definition of Program frameworks and strategic business plans: Building from an institutions' vision and mission statement, we analyse its context, the main tendencies in its environment and we identify and prioritize -ideally with the contribution of third parties, such as partners and experts- some areas of intervention and their corresponding change objectives. A Program framework translates an organisation's mission into a 3 to 5 year strategic plan, in which an institution will set out its goals and specify the changes it wishes to attain in various sectors through a combination of strategies.
Development of Country or sectoral strategies: This is a similar process to that of developing a Program framework but it focuses only on a specific country or area of work (both of which may be ongoing or to be prospected) in which an institution wishes to conduct a strategic revision and update of its work.
Definition of Operational plans: Strategic Plans must be accompanied by Operational plans which translate change objectives into expected results, and into activities that will help attain them. Indicators -qualitative and quantitative- and a baseline should also be established, which will allow the organisation to measure progress towards the achievement of its goals. Also, baobab can assist in the definition of budgets associated with these plans.
Feasibility studies: These are studies that are carried out before a project or programme is formulated, to determine whether they are viable or not and under which circumstances. They are intended to study various courses of action and to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each of them and suggest the most feasible among them.
Project identification: This process involves a participatory analysis -which is carried out with our clients and their partners- to identify projects that fit the following criteria: they fall within the scope of our clients' strategic plan, they are in accordance with our clients' capacities and they meet their potential.
Program development: For those clients who have a programmatic approach, we assist them and their partners in the process of identifying and formulating their programmes, that is: analyzing the global and local context in which the programme will take place and the institutions and actors that might influence it; determining the change objectives relevant to each level of intervention; studying the feasibility of various strategies of intervention; establishing a baseline for the monitoring and evaluation of the programme; designing management procedures and helping with its implementation.
Evaluation of projects and programs: baobab can carry out various types of evaluations: either of design, process, management, results or impact. They can be done at any given time of a process, before it starts, while it is running or after it has concluded. It can focus on projects, strategies or programs. Our core methodology can be adapted to the specific objectives of each evaluation process, as well as to our clients expectations in terms of why and what they are evaluating for. This process will involve review of documents, field work and writing the report. It will use key-questions and indicators to evaluate the following criteria: effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, pertinence, impact, appropriation, and participation. Our added value lies both in our network of contacts, which guarantees the proximity and understanding of every context we must evaluate, as in the technical and strategic quality of our recommendations.
Institutional evaluations: This process consists in the analysis of an organisations' structure, processes and procedures, and their coherence with its vision and mission. It can focus on every area or department or in just a few. It is intended to point out an organisation's strengths and weaknesses, to identify opportunities and risks in an institution's context of work and to suggest areas of improvement. This process is carried out through a participatory methodology, involving representatives of every instance of the institution.
Definition of institutional development plans: an institutional diagnosis is a necessary instrument for the elaboration of an institutional development plan. These will study the context of work of an organisation, its aspirations, as well as the work approach of other similar organisations, and will suggest actions to help an institution grow and overcome its weaknesses.
Development of tailor-made training courses: baobab can develop learning packages for each stage of the project cycle (identification, formulation, monitoring and evaluation) as well as create its management tools. We can also deliver thematic learning programs, focused on certain geographical areas or specific issues, in line with those specified in this section. These learning programs can be introductory or advanced, depending on each organisations' needs.
Organisation of seminars and conferences on development issues: we can draw up agendas, suggest speakers and design contents for the organisation of seminars, debates or learning programmes.