Designing bottom-up or top-down

‘Bottom-up’ or ‘top-down’ doesn't refer to the question whether the boss has designed the project or the employees or beneficiaries/clients (see Participatory design).

Instead it's about the choice of designing the intervention logic by starting with the activities or with the main purpose of your project:

  • Some people prefer to list the activities first, then identify the outputs that they will create and then formulate a purpose that describes what these amount up to.
  • Other people prefer to identify the main purpose first, then list the outputs that are necessary to realise this purpose and then the activities necessary to produce the outputs.

Whatever way you prefer, you can do it in Logframer. When you list the activities first, Logframer will create a place-holder output and purpose