Development programming is a practical assessment tool or approach we adopt in identifying and measuring how a specific intervention can be initiated, designed, implemented, completed and evaluated for sustainability and scale-up. It is a step-by-step development process employed to ensure that project phases are effectively and efficiently managed and monitored to achieve pre-defined objectives; in producing the right deliverables at the right time, cost, value and result.
In development programming, we design frameworks used in delivering specific services, conduct a SWOT analysis to assess (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats), develop program delivery materials, estimate budgets, and design evaluation tools, which are all programming components to determine its’ SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound) and PEST (Political, Economic, Social, Technological) analysis and trends.
A well programmed development process goes through strategic phases. Each phase can be brought to some sense of closure as the next phase begins. Phases can be made to result in deliverables or accomplishments to provide the starting point for the next phase. Phase transitions are ideal times to update planning baselines, to conduct high level management reviews, and to evaluate project costs and prospects.