This course, which consists of five (5) distinct segments for easy viewing, provides a practical and simple framework provides a practical and simple framework for conceiving, designing, and implementing the types of projects and programmatic initiatives that community-based organizations might commonly undertake. When applied systematically, this framework leads to the identification of projects that are the most urgent to address and the most likely to succeed. Project planning begins with problem identification, involving surfacing significant differences between the status quo and desired states that the organization wishes to achieve. The framework teaches methods designed to unearth the underlying and addressable causes behind the problem, and suggests how project goals and specific and measurable objectives can be articulated. The course ends with suggestions on action planning - how to identify and array the individual tasks that must be executed in order to complete the project. A subsequent course will teach methods to monitor and evaluate projects.