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Concept Note for an ICT4D Project

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Final Project – Concept Note for an ICT4D project


Grade: 35% of term mark


Stages and Timeline

Group formation and topic area
Oct. 1, 2013
Drafting of concept note

First presentation /Preliminary research and needs assessment

Presentation Rubric

Oct. 29, 2013
Final submission  (rubric - please comment)
Nov. 26, 2013 20
  Total 35



For the final project, students are asked to work in small group (a maximum of 3 students) to produce a Concept Note for a proposed project on ICT for Development. The topics students choose will be discussed in class and online, and developed in stages, culminating in the final Concept Note. The topic must build on concepts and principles discussed in class, and students will have opportunities to engage in peer-review of each other’s projects.


The final Concept Note must not presented on a wiki page and it must not exceed 5 pages (double-spaced, 12 pt. font, roughly 1,500 words in total). Links must be provided to the background research, methodology, needs assessment, data used, bibliography, and any resources considered relevant to the concept note.


1. Summary of the action

Please provide the following information:

1.1       Brief description of the proposed action.


2. Relevance:

Please describe the following:

2.1       How relevant is your proposal to the needs and constraints of the target country(ies) or region?

2.2       What are the problems to be resolved and the needs to be met?

2.3       What are the evidence that support the relevance of your proposal (citing class wiki or knowledge base

2.4       Who are the actors involved (final beneficiaries, target groups)?

2.5       What are the objectives and expected results?

2.6       What is the added value of the action (what adds the action by reference to (central or local) government action and actions 

            implemented by non state actors)?


3. Methodology and Sustainability:

Please describe the following:

3.1       What are the main project activities?

3.2       Who will be your main implementing partners, what is the length of your relationship with them and how will they be involved in the project?

3.3       How will the project achieve sustainability?

3.4       Will it have multiplier effects?


4. Expertise and operational capacity:

Please describe the following:

4.1       What is the experience of your group in planning similar projects?

4.2.      What is the experience of your group and your partner(s) of the issues to be addressed?



Skills Development resulting from the Project

Needs assessment


Critical evaluation of source materials

Citing relevant sources and attribution

Partnership building

Peer review

Online citizenship

Media literacy (appropriate tools)

How to receive criticism "constructively"





Comments (18)

Jennifer Trinder said

at 3:49 pm on Nov 22, 2013

Hey Professor Chan/Stian, our group would like clarification on part four (4.1 & 4.2) of the concept note. What exactly is meant by experience? Is it our own personal experience or are we supposed to take the persona of a NGO?

Alejandro said

at 1:55 am on Nov 25, 2013

Same question!

Sydney Tan said

at 5:47 pm on Nov 23, 2013

Our group has the exact same questions as Jennifer. I have also sent individual e-mails three days ago, hoping for clarifications.

Leslie Chan said

at 1:32 pm on Nov 25, 2013

Strange. I thought I answered this already but can't see it on this page. Sorry about that!

Regarding your team member's experience, it would be something related to your academic or other related interests that you may bring to the proposal. The fact that a particular topic area was chosen would imply that there are some prior interest or experience as well. If so, what would those be. They need not be something directly related to the proposed intervention, but could be (transferable) "skills" that you could bring to the project.

Regarding the partner's experience, you need to show (through research) that the chosen group has some track record or past successes in the proposed area, and why those prior activities make them a suitable partner.

sylvia.cai@... said

at 2:05 pm on Nov 24, 2013

Hi Professor Chan and Stian, is the concept note an online submission or do we need to print it and bring it to class?
Also, what is the outline/topics for the last class?

Leslie Chan said

at 3:13 pm on Nov 24, 2013

No, the concept note should be on a wiki page. You could look at one of the other projects for example.

Sydney Tan said

at 2:53 pm on Nov 24, 2013

Similarly for 3.2, should we also take the persona of an NGO in answering "what is the length of your relationship with them"? Thank you!

Leslie Chan said

at 3:15 pm on Nov 24, 2013

Actually the length of the relationship is not the most critical. It is your group's familiarity of the partner's organization and their strengths that is the most important. In other words, you should show that you know the potential partner well and why you have chosen the group to work with.

Sydney Tan said

at 10:02 pm on Nov 24, 2013

Thank you!

Charmaine Ramirez said

at 8:03 pm on Nov 24, 2013

Hi professor Chan, can you please provide some sort of rubric or guidelines on the online presentation that is required from us. I've been searching the wiki page for an outline (I believe you mentioned in lecture 2 weeks ago that we need an online presentation). I've also been asking my classmates and other students in the class for clarification, and everyone seems to be confused as well.

Leslie Chan said

at 10:05 pm on Nov 24, 2013

Sure, will put this up by tomorrow.

Leslie Chan said

at 10:08 pm on Nov 24, 2013

And we will extend the deadline for the online presentation part for another week (till Dec. 4). This will give us more time on Tuesday to go over the details with everyone. However, we expect a fairly completed draft of the concept note so that we could provide feedback for the final draft and presentation.

Charmaine Ramirez said

at 4:02 pm on Nov 25, 2013

Thank you for the clarification, Prof. Chan!

Leslie Chan said

at 3:07 pm on Nov 25, 2013

Here is the rubric. Feel free to comment or improve:

Meara Hurtig said

at 8:07 pm on Nov 24, 2013

^^ agreed!

Ethan Way said

at 9:37 pm on Nov 24, 2013

^ That would be very helpful!

Sydney Tan said

at 10:02 pm on Nov 24, 2013

Prof. Chan/Stian, can you please clarify/expand on what is being asked on part 4 and 2.6 (added value)?

Leslie Chan said

at 10:10 pm on Nov 24, 2013

This simply means the benefits the proposed project or activities will bring - something that would otherwise not have happened without the proposed intervention.

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