Project Identification involve;
- 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:
- All resources necessary for completing the project are available (first of all human resources)
- the probability for getting finances is big enough
- the project contributes to achieving strategic goals of the institution
- the external conditions favourable
- the need for the project outcome is widely recognized,
- 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.