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When you have an idea of the kind of project that you wish to design, then be realistic about the part you will play in it. If the problem to be addressed is a lack of information and understanding and you therefore believe research and data collection are necessary, ask yourself whether you are the best person/organisation to do that.
If you do not already have experience in this area, it is likely that there will be someone else who does have experience and who could do the work better. Remember that should you be supported to do the work and not produce a good result, then it is unlikely that funds will be available to do the work again, so that the opportunity will be lost and beneficiaries will suffer as a result. List the strengths and weaknesses of your organization and decide what your most valuable contribution to the project would be. You might be an excellent coordinating body, good at motivating partners, keeping them active and in touch with each other, with skills in organizing meetings and drawing up and managing complex budgets. Clearly you could manage a multi-partner project, even if someone else actually does the fieldwork. Ask yourself questions relating to access to the target groups.
If, for example, your project is based on designing and implementing educational models for schoolchildren, do you have experience in working in the school environment, and can you guarantee that you will have full access to classrooms and the cooperation of the schools concerned?
If your organization normally works in issues relating to violence against women, are you sure you are able to extend your working procedures and staff skills to the very specialized area of support to child victims of violence? And similarly, if you normally work in the area of child welfare, will you be able to acquire the skills required to work appropriately with adult victims? This is a step that requires a great deal of honesty about your organization’s weaknesses, but it is also a step that allows you to recognize your strengths and use them to their fullest potential.