Diagnosis: general description


The diagnosis step should be an integrated diagnosis and assembly of baseline information in order to understand context and problems from multiple perspectives.

Outputs of a successful diagnosis include:
--A problem and opportunity analysis
--An understanding of the factors likely to define ‘context’ in a way that is most relevant to the project. Examples include: social factors (such as gender and ethicity), ecological factors (such as soils and climate), and integrating factors (such as the farming systems and diversity of farm typologies within them). Together these will define relevant socio-ecological niches.
--A conceptual framework
--Project hypotheses
--An elaborated project Theory of Change (TOC)
--A description of institutional and policy context
--A database of all material, including relevant spatial GIS data layers. The diagnosis step could also possibly include formal quantitative measurement of key indicators to be used as a baseline for assessing changes as the project progresses.

Author(s): Ric Coe

Part of Solutions

  • Core Four process for addressing problems and opportunities
  • Research methods and techniques