Before developing your program idea into a concept note, it is worthwhile to invest time and energy into conducting proper research. Research plays a vital role in enriching your concept note and brings depth to your writing too. Typically, you might need to put in some research on the following aspects:

  • Context setting and needs assessment: It would mean using primary and secondary research to build the context, to define the problem and to establish the need for the solution that your program is proposing.
  • Knowing your target organization: Detailed research about your prospects is crucial. It enables you to understand the priorities of the donors and sets you up for the concept note application process.
  • Best practices: You can take your concept note a notch higher if you learn from the best practices in similar context and domains from across the world.