Logframer 3.0 is a free project design and project management application. Originally, Logframer was designed to make the development of projects in international development and humanitarian assistance easier. But Logframer is also used by all kinds of social organisations, government administrations and even businesses. As its name suggests, Logframer uses the basic structure of the logical framework or logframe to describe various components of a project, such as the objectives, the activities, the resources as well as possible external influences on the project (risks, assumptions, issues and dependencies).
The basic idea behind Logframer is to provide aid actors such as NGOs, non-profit organisations, donor agencies and so on with a simple, versatile and free tool that makes designing and managing projects and programmes easier.
Logframer allows you to:
Bring all project-related information together in a single document: objectives, activities, resources, planning, budget, target groups, partner organisations, etc.
Follow up the lifecycle of your project.
Identify your target groups and make tools to register different types of beneficiaries or clients.
Select intervention zones and indicate them on a map (using Bing Maps).
Design the basic structure of your project (project logic or intervention logic).
Identify assumptions, internal and external dependencies and risks and develop tools to monitor risks during your project.
Choose indicators to measure progress and results, plan monitoring and evaluation deadlines and reporting and develop tools to monitor progress and results during and after your project.
Plan activities and processes using a Gantt chart.
Establish the budget of your project and indicate how many resources you need for each activity and output.
Manage contact information about your partners and staff so that you can quickly communicate with them.
Export all this information to Word, Excel or the IATI standard format.
New Project information window with title, duration, overview of target groups, monitoring and evaluation planning (of indicators and risks) and partners and contacts
Improved logical framework
Dynamic Planning window that allows to add and modify key moments, processes and activities in a Gantt chart (MS Project style). Replaces the previous static Planning window that only served to give an overview but didn't allow any modifications
New Budget window that allows the design of simple and multi-year budgets
New and improved tools
New Microsoft Office-style ribbon
Multi-document interface, allowing to open more than one project at a time.
Office-style copy/paste ribbon and ability to copy text from other applications
Collaboration tools: contact people via mail, e-mail or Skype
Ability to import budgets made in MS Excel
Improved performance in general interface (rendering) and print previews