The George Boole Foundation

Foundation Courses
New course announcements

In January, 2018 The George Boole Foundation will launch its new course on agricultural project cycle and portfolio management as a collaboration with STRIDES Foundation.

The outline of the course content is provied on this page.

As a guide to the fomat and content of the Foundation course on agricultural project cycle and portfolio management, the general course scope is outlined below.

Course structure

The course structure is divided into two themes.

  • Introduction to due diligence agricultural project design procedures and hands on training in the management of the dedicated online information management system
  • Introduction to agricultural research & innovation principles and methods and hands on application by practical progression through the design of a project

Hands on training...

All courses will include hands on experience in how to use the dedicated cloud-based management information system that have been developed to address agricultural project cycle and portfolio management.

Systems manuals and course module documentation will be included in the course package given to participants.
Part I: Due diligence procedures

Due diligence design procedures provide the logical information gathering steps required to establish gaps and needs and to assess the full range of cicumstances and constraints facing any particular project.

Constraints assessment imposes a need to prioritise objectives ranked according to feasibility. The next step is to identify the solutions as a set of linked project tasks and to identify outputs and to specify required resources (inputs).

Part II: hands on training

Part I and Part II run in parallel with PartII being made up of applications sessions applying the lessons delivered in Part I. Part II is dedicated to building up capabilities in the use of Navatec System a dedicated agricultural project cycle and portfolio management system.

Domain-specific training and extension

Parts I and II are applied to the specific domain of agriculture but without technical knowledge and an assessment of team capabilities to introduce training and mentoring where desired, it is not possible to optimise agricultural project designs. Therefore the George Boole Foundation has partnered with the STRIDES Foundation who provide essential expertise an guidance in agricultural domain research, innovation and project operational inputs to the course content.

STRIDES Foundation provides an essential extension support combining training, mentoring and post-course follow up to provide practical support for participants in their use of the online project cycle and portfolio management system for their own projects.

What participants gain

Part I and II provide participants with a comprehensive grounding in the essential factors required in the decision analysis leading to a good agricultural project design characterised by reasonable costs, timing, well-defined output and inputs, sensitivity analysis to identify dependecies and a final optimised design with well-define risk profile and a project budget. Participants gain practical capabilities in applying the require decision analyses by following the OQSI due diligence recommendation completed in 2017. This represents best practice in project design procedures. Participants also gain a practical capability in project operations management through the use of the real time audit (RTA) system and on how to monitor and register the progress of project execution and to support the requirements of donor monitoring & eluation requirements and facilitation of general oversight.

Additional resources and provisions

We continue to pursue research and information collection on best practice in project cycleand portfolio management and decision analysis topics in the field of agriculrture and renewable natural resources. The results of this work are published by the Boolen Society series of publications, by SEEL (Systems Engineering Economic Lab) the Decision Analysis Initiative 2015-2020, the Foundation and OQSI (Open Quality Standards Initiative). All participants in training will receive fre copies of all publications.

The George Boole Foundation & Boolean Society are sponsored by various entities