How to plan a project
Preparing a project brief
This guide is designed to help in the preparation of a project brief for a commissioned history. A project brief should provide interested historians with the details of the project and clarify the outcomes required by the commissioning organisation.
A project brief should include some or all of the following information:
- Provide some background to the proposed project.
- Provide a brief history of the organisation.
2. Aims of the project
- What are the commissioning organisation’s goals in commissioning this project?
- Who is the intended audience?
3. Scope of the project
- What format will the history take? For example a book, report, exhibition, collection of oral histories or reminiscences, website or digital history.
- The proposed length of the publication if applicable.
4. Project tasks or components
- What will the historical focus of the project be? For example, is it to be a social or economic history, a chronological or thematic history, or a narrative? Will it focus on a particular era, event or person?
- What archival or other sources should be consulted? Are any of these readily available?
- Will the project require consultation with local community groups, historical societies or individuals?
- Will there be a recorded oral history component? If so, do you have a number or a choice of people in mind?
- Is there a deadline for completion of the project?
- Do you have a proposed starting date?
- Provide an outline of the budget for the project.
7. Selection criteria
The candidate should be appropriately qualified and experienced. For example:
- A degree in history, preferably at postgraduate level.
- Highly developed knowledge of historical research methods and sources.
- Writing skills of a high order with experience in the preparation of published books, manuscripts and reports.
- Demonstrated experience in project management and meeting project deadlines.
8. Expressions of interest
- Provide contact person within the organisation for further information.
- Outline of the information candidates should provide in their application. For example, a CV, a budget costing, a tender, examples of previous work, etc.
- Address for submission of applications (electronic/hard copy).
- Closing date for applications.