Project Management & Implementation Science

Organisations in the not-for-profit sector are increasingly being asked to provide evidence for the approaches that they use in their work or for particular programmes. This can be vital for funding and other supports. This course teaches participants how to use modern research techniques to develop an evidence base for their work. The course will also equip you to use this research to implement changes to existing programmes based on the research evidence.

The Certificate in Project Management and Implementation Science is an applied programme aimed at supporting managers in non-profit organisations to identify and introduce evidence based approaches and to use the latest research techniques to support their work. You will learn the factors that impede the use of evidence-based practices and gain an understanding of how to overcome these factors using project management principles. In a world where solid research evidence is required from organisations and leaders in the sector this programme will give you the skills to provide that.

Who is the course for?
The course is targeted at senior managers and staff who are responsible for service delivery in the not-for-profit sector.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree at level 8 or equivalent on the National Framework of Qualifications. Applications may also be considered under the college's Recognition of Prior, Experiential Learning (RPEL) policy and this is likely to be particularly germane to non-profit sector managers who do not hold an undergraduate degree but have substantive work and managerial experience. This programme requires applicants to have previous work and managerial / team leader experience.

Subjects taught

• Understanding implementation science
• Developing an evidence base for your work
• Project management
• How to integrate evidence into practice
• Using data to drive and sustain change




7 days over 6 months

Indicative Schedule
Attendance at college for 3 x 2-day blocks and one additional day (7 days total). These blocks will be run over a 6 month or less period, allowing students spend time on applying the evidence based principles learned, completing applied projects as part of their assessment and focusing on independent learning.

Duration 50 Contact Hours


The cost of this course is €1,150.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 14/09/2020

Post Course Info

Learners who complete the modules on this programme may wish to transfer their credits as part of a continuing pathway to the MSc in Non-Profit Management at a future date.

Career Development
Based on the history of other CPD programmes provided by the partners, all learners are likely to be currently employed in the sector. This programme will help to further develop your skills and competences in the sector.

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    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

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