Terms of Reference

Soon after the enrollment process, student groups will have a preliminary meeting with you. During this initial contact with the client and subsequent preliminary meetings, the student groups should be provided enough information to be able to plan the assignment. This helps them in developing a TOR (Terms of Reference). It must be determined that what and how the data/information must be collected and what resources are needed? What are the benefits of the successful outcome of the project?

Terms of Reference sets out the scope and purpose of the study or the project. During this phase, you as a client, specify your ideas and requirements, which are then used to formulate a TOR. It covers at least the following elements:

  • Background of the project
  • The main objectives / tasks
  • Specific technical inputs or areas of in-depth investigation
  • Methodology to execute project
  • Geographic scope and location
  • Timeline of activities
  • Project outputs or key deliverables (in the form of a report)
  • Resources required, both human and financial

TOR must also provide a brief framework of diagnosis phase, design and analysis phase and implementation phase of the project. ELP Team will provide a standard format for the TOR.