• Intensive capacity development for key trainers of the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention

    24 February 2016
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    Capacity development for key trainers of the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention

    In January 2016, Philip N. Dearden (Head of CIDT) led a three-day Strategic Planning and Programme Design training and an associated three-day Training of Trainers/Facilitators workshop for the eight (8) key trainers of the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

    In turn, these eight trainers will be training about 66 selected candidates to become “Certified Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) Facilitators.” These PCE Facilitators will be charged with facilitating the use of the PCE tool to allow countries to self-assess their capacity to implement the Convention and apply International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs); they will then use the information obtained from the capacity assessments to facilitate the development of multi-year Strategic Plans, using the Logical Framework Approach and a range of RBM tools such as stakeholder analysis, strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats (SWOT) analysis, risk management, and more.

    Prior to the workshop, the participants completed CIDT’s on-line course on Results-Based Management (RBM) and the Logical Framework Approach (LFA).. This got them familiar with the fundamental concepts, tools and processes involved in developing a logical framework for a specific project and/or programme, and it ensured that they arrived at the face-to-face workshop on Day One with a common understanding. View details of this course.

    A handbook on Strategic Planning and Programme Design was developed by Kimberly Ross (Senior Consultant/Senior Lecturer at CIDT) for specific use at the workshop. This handbook covered the strategic planning process used by the IPPC, and involved seven (7) simple steps for developing a project/programme using the LFA. Training manuals on the development of training courses and individual training sessions were also provided. These were all well received and found to be very useful by participants.

    Evaluation feedback on the on-line course was very positive, with most participants reporting that they were fully engaged in the on-line process and had learned a lot of practical, useful information and new skills. For many, the concepts surrounding the Logical Framework and its use in the Strategic Planning Process had been demystified in a practical and useful manner.

    Evaluation feedback on the six days of the face-to-face workshop (Strategic Planning/LFA + TOT) was also very positive. Many participants had increased their confidence in being able to train others. Participants reiterated that they found the handbooks and training materials developed for the workshop to be very useful.

    Participant’s comments on the programme included:

    • The workshop was very motivating and useful not only for the specific project of training facilitators, but for other events in our working places/organisations.
    • Great course to open up possible approaches to facilitate teaching – learning effectiveness. Bringing together the PCE approach – results and processes very necessary and well demonstrated/taught
    • The rapport with the facilitator built and increased over the days and this was lovely.
    • The facilitator handled the subject matter with authority and mastery
    • Overall excellent and very engaging techniques
    • The facilitator was very knowledgeable and concrete in learning techniques as well as conducting the audience
    • Excellent and driven by experience

    Photos from the workshop

    Participants planning and developing the project/programme tools in a hands-on practical manner.

    Experiential learning – Group dynamics and team work.

    Capacity development for key trainers of the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention
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  • Developing an integrated global, regional and country Theory of Change and Engagement Strategy (Practical Action)

    23 February 2016
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    Flood Resilience Programme

    CIDT supports Practical Action Flood Resilience Programme to develop an integrated global, regional and country Theory of Change and Engagement Strategy for their Influencing Agenda (Practical Action)

    Between November 2015 and January 2016 Rachel Roland, Deputy Head of CIDT, led an Influencing and Engagement Theory of Change and Engagement Strategy development workshop and follow up process for the Flood Resilience team from Practical Action.

    This consisted of a two day workshop in UK in which staff from the Nepal, Bangladesh, Peru and Global teams participated. The process oriented sessions used results based management methodology to explore key ongoing problems and options. The process started from where the programme currently is, after two years delivery and was very practical – working iteratively to achieve a country-upwards as well as global-downwards perspective in problems and options for effective influencing and engagement. The team developed, discussed and validated nested problem trees and then nested options trees. Causal chains were then constructed that reflected the priority intervention areas. The discussion and validation of these continued until the actions had all been budgeted for.

    A variety of tools were developed for the workshop to show at a glance, the countries’, regions’ and global logic models.

    The participants used the logic models as a way to discuss strategic engagement with relevant stakeholders and an engagement strategy was drawn up for use over by Practical Action over the next two years.

    Images from the workshop

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