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Logical Framework Companion Tools

The Logical Framework is an effective tool for summarizing a project design, but it takes more than one tool to effectively manage a development project and realize its intended results. To this end it can be helpful to project designers to think about the Logical Framework as part of a broader set of tools for managing projects.

As this figure suggests, the Logical Framework can be linked to other common project management tools. Its Inputs and Outputs link to project scheduling, using a standard bar or Gantt Chart, or for particularly complex projects, preparing a critical path analysis before constructing a Gantt Chart. At the Input level in the Objectively Verifiable Indictors column some project designers include indicators; others include an Output based budget for the project that builds on the numbering system that links Inputs to Outputs to construct the type of Output-based budget USAID has long advocated for projects. Other tools familiar to those who have developed PMPs for a CDCs include a table that displays various aspects of what a Logical Framework covers in an extended table. This type of table is included as an option in the following section on Project M&E Plans, as is an extended table for displaying annual targets. While this display of companion tools is not exhaustive, it should suggest that a Logical Framework is not meant to stand alone. It should be an integrated element of the overall project management systems on which Missions and implementing partners rely.