• CIDT trains 1273 Government officials in 19 Caribbean countries in Results-Based Management

    5 March 2020
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    CIDT has brought to successful completion the implementation of a large training programme on behalf of the Caribbean Development Bank.

    The Caribbean Development Bank took the opportunity to formally extend appreciation for the excellent contribution made by CIDT from 2016 to 2020 under the programme. Division Chief, Technical Cooperation Dr Darran Newman stated:

    “Your contribution as the initial Monitoring & Evaluation firm and subsequently as the PCM training provider exemplified professionalism, a client-centred approach and a high degree of flexibility that extended to your collaboration with other programme providers, consulting to achieve the objectives of the Training Programme and to respond effectively to evolving circumstances. We acknowledge the partnership that made this possible and wish CIDT every success in future endeavours. Thank you for putting so much passion into the programme.”

    In the final programming phase, CIDT’s Des Mahony and Dani Baur worked with colleagues from the Public Policy Analysis and Management (PPAM) training provider Dods Training, to co-deliver a series of facilitated virtual clinics. The overarching purpose was to enable Training Coordinators to sustain the PPAM and PCM training and its benefits in the 19 BMCs, in particular to:

    • deepen Training Coordinators confidence to offer PPAM and PCM training locally by enabling them to work through practicalities.
    • encourage Training Coordinators to take ownership of the PPAM and PCM training and create the foundations for working collectively to strengthen capacity for delivering the programme in future.
    • encourage Training Coordinators to support and learn from each other by building and sustaining their own community of practice (and considering how this could extend across the region).

    The value of CIDT’s role in the programme was verified when the national training coordinators were asked about the primary resource challenge to future PCM training in their country[1]: 36% of respondents indicated that access to qualified trainers was the biggest perceived challenge for future training. The programme was found to be highly relevant and effective by the BMCs, who expressed strong ownership of the programme. Critical mass was achieved through an innovative and large-scale roll-out of national training intervention using experiential active learning techniques.

    The programme in numbers:

    • 1273 individuals trained
    • 19 countries
    • 255 trainers trained
    • 2384 module completions
    • Satisfaction rates ranging from 90-99%
    • Between 34 and 104 persons trained in each of the 19 BMCs
    • Training audience included: 5% Permanent Secretaries; 8% Directors 8%, 12% Managers, 23% Senior Technical Staff, 17% Junior Technical Staff, 7% Project Officers; 3% Human Resource Managers/Officers; 2% Policy Officers/Advisors; 2% Procurement Officers/Specialists; 2% Auditors and Monitoring and Evaluation Officers; 9% Research Officers;8% Administrative Officers; 8% Economists
    • St Lucia reported the greatest knowledge improvement (rating scale of 1-5) with a point increase of 1.76 from 2.37 to 4.13

    Source: Programme M&E data

    Voices of programme participants from 19 countries

    • “It was very educational and rewarding. The sessions helped us identify real problems and provided tools through which proper analysis and risks should be evaluated among other things.” (Anguilla)
    • “It was really refreshing to undertake this training session. I have learnt so many concepts and tools that can help me improve the quality of my work and my decision-making capacity. I am grateful for the knowledge gain and I am eager to share it with colleagues.” (Antigua and Barbuda)
    • “It was enjoyable and although it was intense, it created a thirst for more knowledge in the areas and a desire to put the knowledge into practice” (Barbados)
    • “It gave me an insight of the importance of evaluation projects/programmes from inception in order to detect issues and prevent overspending. The aspect of monitoring… was very useful to me.” (British Virgin Islands)
    • “I learnt immensely from the facilitators who all seemed well versed in their areas of delivery- I believe all aspect of work in the public sector should have the structured approach that was taught during the exercises” (Dominica)
    • “I do believe that this training was a wonderful experience. It created an environment for the exchange of ideas and the airing of problems that plague our society. It also allowed officers to provide solutions to those problems. Good Job!” (Guyana)
    • “I must reiterate the importance and significance of this initiative. One of the usefulness of the initiative was to have varying practitioners around the table to have meaningful discussion and perspectives. Thanks again for the training.” (Jamaica)
    • “I had fun first. The group dynamics were great to bring out different ideas while the facilitator was excellent at getting the point across. Content was great and I really cannot wait to implement on my return to my work place.” (St Kitts and Nevis)
    •  “Training was practical and applicable. It helped strengthened the need for better project planning, and highlighted the challenges faced in the implementation of projects and the need for finding workable solutions” (St Lucia)
    • “It was like given us a brighter and bigger world perspective again, with out of the box thinking and problem solving that we as government officials often forget in time and procedures and challenges we meet.” (Suriname)
    • “This training programme was perhaps the most impactful and enjoyable training that I have ever received, thus far, while working in the country’s public service. Thank you for taking the time to share the knowledge and approaches with us.” (Trinidad and Tobago)
    • “This programme has rejuvenated me and gives me the opportunity to truly think outside the box and stretched me. I am already passionate about what I do but I am more motivated” (Turks and Caicos Islands)

    Lessons identified

    In the final CIDT quarterly report to the Caribbean Development Bank a series of lessons were identified:

    1. Every BMC context was different requiring a core set of PCM module materials to be scaled up/down according to varying national capacity needs
    2. Use of live case studies and an experiential approach enhances the learning experience – the CIDT training style was perceived as effective and refreshing compared to standard ‘chalk and talk’ approaches.
    3. Reaction to mainstreaming of gender around the project cycle many Government officials perceived ‘gender’ as a donor-driven agenda for women’s empowerment which does not fit the regionally specific gender status of the Caribbean. This called for sensitive and expert facilitation approaches.
    4. Module pre-requisites allow for participants to participate from a shared baseline. In the curriculum design certain online and Face to Face modules were designated as pre-requisites for other more specialised or advanced modules.
    5. Senior management championship helped learning to be taken more seriously. Representation of such champions in specific countries empowered and encouraged participants to treat the training opportunity as significant and emphasised their potential to facilitate change.
    6. Train the trainer (tot) models for sustainability require time and resources to embed. Lack of incentives, authority, and PCM expertise inhibited further roll out of training at national level by the ToT cohorts. Although programme follow-up support was provided, more rigourous pre-selection and post training support was needed to really embed ToT models.

     

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    [1] Interactive online poll at the Sustainability workshop in Barbados (July 2019)

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  • CIDT facilitates Caribbean training coordinators to explore programme sustainability

    30 July 2019
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    On Tuesday 2nd July 2019, CIDT trainers Ella Haruna and Susan Branker Greene facilitated a one day workshop with national training coordinators from 18 countries, including Heads of Civil Service Training Departments and Units. The event aimed to explore the future scope of future Public Policy Analysis and Management and Project Cycle Management training and support training coordinators to action plan to meet training needs in their respective country contexts. The discussion took place in the context of a large Public Policy Analysis and Management and Project Cycle Management Training programme implemented by the Caribbean Development Bank for which CIDT is the training provider.

    According to a quick-fire online poll during the event:

    • 38% of training coordinators most appreciated the programme training methods, 31% most appreciated the technical content, whilst 25% most appreciated the national focus of the training
    • 82% of training coordinators felt that targeting the right participants was the biggest challenge faced in organising the training
    • 47% identified the primary resource challenge to future training as qualified trainers, 35% identified budget as the key challenge
    • 56% felt that the train the trainer cohort could deliver future training to some extent, but 50% identified lack of experience as the main barrier to the TTT group rolling out future training
    • 43% of training coordinators selected international-regional partnerships for training as the optimum approach to develop PPAM and PCM capacity

    The presentation of Project Cycle Management (PCM) materials by CDB and CIDT to the training coordinators marked  the end of an impressive roll-out of Public Policy Analysis and Management and Project Cycle Management Training. Under this programme a team of CIDT staff and regional associates delivered over 2300 hours of training in eight thematic areas in 19 countries over an 18 month period.

    Reflections and discussions around training needs and challenges were a key theme of this sustainability focused event with regional representatives commenting on:

    • The importance of ownership and buy-in from senior levels: allowing for operational budgets and the application of training concepts at strategic levels of implementation.
    • The importance of strengthening capacity and competency of trainers (trained under the programme) to work collaboratively with experts to roll out successful technical training
    • The importance of understanding institutional limitations and challenges in rolling out an appropriate and high quality programme.

    Training coordinators brainstormed together to draw up preliminary Country Action Plans based on discussions that were appropriate to country contexts and respective training needs. These Action Plans will be followed up in coming months to see what support can be provided to BMC Training Units to assist in rolling out their bespoke country programmes.

    During the session the Caribbean Leadership Programme (CLP) and Management Institute for National Development, Government of Jamaica (MIND), addressed the BMC representatives, sharing lessons on training programme sustainability and insights into leadership and organisational development approaches.

    The Sustainability Training Event ran concurrently with the two-day event ‘Leadership in Action for Public Sector Policy Leaders’, hosted by CDB at the Marriot Courtyard Hotel in Hastings, Barbados.

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  • Celebrating, sharing and learning: Leadership in Action for Public Sector Policy Leaders

    24 July 2019
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    A Caribbean Development Bank conference held on 24th and 25th July marked the momentous end of the delivery of the Public Policy Analysis and Management (PPAM) and Project Cycle Management Training (PCM) programme in 19 Borrowing Member Countries. In attendance was the University of Wolverhampton’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Geoff Layer and CIDT’s Professor Philip Dearden (Project Director), Ella Haruna (Project Manager), Des Mahony (Trainer) and Daniela Baur (Project Coordinator).

    Prof. Layer’s input on ‘Working with citizens to meet the policy and practical challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals focused on a “whole-of-university” approach to deepen university engagement with the 2030 international Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He celebrated programme achievements and posed key questions around programme sustainability.

    The conference ‘Leadership in Action for Public Sector Policy Leaders’ brought together Caribbean public sector leaders to share lessons and policy challenges faced in the region. The one hundred delegates included representatives from the programme countries, Government of Barbados officials, CDB and development partner staff.

    Opening remarks from Minister from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Investment the Honourable Marsha Caddle (above) stressed the gravity of regional challenges characterised by: “under-investment in social issues and social capital, under-investment in institutions, under-investment in infrastructure” with a “zero growth environment”.

    The PPAM/PCM training programme delivered by CIDT and Dods training aimed to contribute to addressing the region’s public sector challenges, specifically project implementation gaps and capacity short-falls, by improving the management, monitoring and implementation of policies, programmes and projects across the Caribbean region.

    The two day conference offered an opportunity to reflect and explore the challenges and opportunities that will be encountered in the run up to meeting the SDGs and how to date the public sector leaders in the Caribbean have worked to create change and transformation in policy and within their organisations.

    Ian Durant (above), Deputy Director of Economics, CDB gave an overview of the regional economic situation, highlighting the economic reliance on tourism, the reliance of standard of living on high import content; and the need to develop competitive and diverse export-led economic growth to increase GDP growth from 4-5 % to 7%.

    Key to achieving sustained regional growth is the ability to compete in the global arena and the associated need to digitalise regional systems and procedures, institutional challenges highlighted by PPAM and PCM programme consultations.

    Devon Rowe (above), Executive Director of CARICAD commented on leadership challenges in the context of transformation and change. One third of the public sector personnel are approaching retirement only increasing the importance transferring of succession planning and leadership development – Rowe noted that leadership for a harmonised public sector across the region is contingent on personnel at every level.

    Key speakers included Monica le Bennett, (CDB), Darran Newman (CDB), Ian Durrant (CDB), Devon Rowe (CARICAD), Trudy Waterman (CLP) Peter Gough (Government of Cayman Islands), Ruby Brown (MIND), and Dods programme associates Juanita Thorington-Powlett, Carlys Cadogan, Tara Lisa Persaud and Katie Driver

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    Photos from the event

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  • CIDT complete PCM training delivery in 19 Caribbean countries in 18 months

    24 July 2019
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    The month of May 2019 saw the completion of CIDT’s training delivery of the Project Cycle Management programme for the borrowing member countries of the Caribbean Development Bank which commenced in November 2017.

    CIDT delivered the programme’s suite of 8 PCM modules in 19 Borrowing Member Countries (BMC) for a diverse training audience of Government officials including Permanent Secretaries, senior technical officers from various line ministries, technical officers, project analysts, and managers in the public sector; whose work directly involves the design, implementation , monitoring or reporting of projects.

    The overall learning objective of the PCM programme was to enable more effective management of policy, programmes and projects and contribute to addressing the regional implementation challenges. An end of programme evaluation will assess the extent to which this objective has been realised in the final quarter of 2019.

    The project in numbers

    The training modules cover a wide range of tools and themes around the project cycle, including project design, management, monitoring and evaluation to more specific PCM approaches, such as project appraisal, managing technical assistance projects and procurement. Each module is contextualised with regional case studies.

    The tailored programme was delivered via a blended learning mechanism, commencing with face to face learning, and supported with an online follow-up webinar (Virtual Learning Symposium), six to eight weeks after training. The VLS served as a refresher of training content as well as a space to share reflections and experiences on progress to integration and implementation.

    CIDT staff delivered a two-day refresher training of key concepts and principles of Project Cycle Management to Government of Barbados staff as a side event at the programme Policy Leadership conference in July 2019 (See link to conference news article)

    Barbados was one of the first BMCs to receive the PPAM and PCM training in November 2017, and this top-up training was well received by participants, who appreciated the opportunity to reflect on progress since the original training and refresh on core material through an experiential learning approach.

    Refresher training will be delivered in a similar 2 day format to Government of Grenada staff in September 2019 alongside the final programme regional conference on the importance of integrating project cycle management to achieve strategic national delivery of projects, programmes and policy.

    Participating BMCs on the PCM programme

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  • Webinars hit the spot – the added value of Virtual learning

    20 March 2019
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    CIDT has delivered 32 online webinars across 19 countries to 450 participants as part of a Project Cycle Management training programme for the Caribbean Development Bank.

    The value of having pre and post training activities has long been recognised. With improved technology and easy interactive communications blended learning approaches are now becoming increasingly common.  

    Known as “Virtual Learning Symposiums” CIDT’s interactive webinars took place 6 to 8 weeks after completion of face-to-face training. The webinar objective was to recap key messages from training and to offer participants the opportunity to reflect on the experience of applying training content to their roles and workplaces. CIDT’s Dr Aurelian Mbzibain delivered webinars in French for the Haiti cohort; and Ella Haruna and Des Mahony delivered webinars on project cycle management and train the trainer for most of the English speaking Borrowing Member countries.

    CIDT’s head of centre Professor Philip Dearden also delivered a series of webinars for CDB staff:

    CIDT staff deliver webinars

    “It was really great to be involved with the webinars and to have a personal opportunity to follow up on the post-training activity with the CDB staff. It was also really rewarding, to hear of the progress that individual staff have made with their various post training action plans. It was especially gratifying to hear of the really good progress that being made with revising the CDB Operational Manuals and Project Management Templates.”

    The benefits of offering online webinars are multiple; here are a few reasons why CIDT are now using webinars to deliver supplementary training opportunities:

    Follow ups to face-to-face training sessions

    • Opportunity to follow up on face-to-face training where participants can offer reflections, ask outstanding questions, or provide feedback.
    • A space where trainers can touch base with participants on recent practice or developments since the face to face training.
    • As a complementary tool to Action Planning webinars allow participants to feedback on the challenges and successes they have encountered in the period following training.

    A different approach to learning to suit different learning styles

    • Online webinars offer a myriad of tools and applications to visually enhance participants’ experiences and interactivity.
    • For the learner that learns best by doing or by seeing, tools such as polls can reinforce the message and impact on learning.

     Webinars maintain direct contact with participants and build rapport

    • CIDT finds unique working relationships are forged between fellow participants and trainers in face to face training: the intensity of a dedicated time period combined with the intense transfer of knowledge or skills content creates a unique environment where relationships are formed.
    • Online webinars allow for further exchange and interaction that are built upon those initial relationships.  
    • We can really get to know our audience and tailor webinars to suit their needs.

    Participation and Ownership is key to success

    • Physical meetings encourage passive listening, whereas online webinars give participants space to interact with colleagues and trainers to tailor the training experience.   
    • Webinars also allow people to connect from different geographic locations.

     Participant feedback on CDB Virtual Learning Symposiums (webinars):

    “This is a great way to express challenges and concerns and to get assistance in addressing issues” (Participant from Antigua and Barbuda).

    “I appreciate the continued learning opportunities” (Participant from Antigua and Barbuda).

    “The VLS was well adapted to our region and situation so it helped the presentation to be engaging throughout.” (Participant from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines).

    “The VLS provided me with a refresher on what was learnt/taught during the face to face. It also allowed for interaction with the tutors as to where we are with our action plans.” (Participant from Saint Lucia).

    “I found the VLS to be ideal. More persons can be reached at one time which makes the entire process more efficient.” (Participant from Saint Lucia).

    “The VLS provided an excellent opportunity to reflect on the lessons learnt during the face-to-face tutorials and likewise examine the progress of achieving the action plans.” (Participant from Saint Lucia).

    “The VLS allowed us to have a really helpful summary and recap of the 8 modules that were delivered”. (CDB staff member reflecting on their recent webinar).

    “The interactivity of the VLS was really great – the learning quizzes were really neat.” (CDB staff member reflecting on their recent webinar).

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  • Hurricane-stricken Dominica and BVI receive Project Management training from CDB and CIDT

    12 February 2019
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    A year ago Caribbean islands including Dominica and the British Virgin Islands were badly hit by hurricane Maria – a devastating Grade 5 hurricane. In the words of Dominica’s Prime Minister Mr Roosevelt Skerrit:

    “It has been brutal… we have never seen such destruction. Homes have been flattened, schools destroyed, telecommunications have been cut off and the island’s main hospital is still without electricity.”

    For the past year people across the Caribbean islands affected by Hurricanes Maria and Irma have been rebuilding their lives and properties, demonstrating huge resilience.

    To assist the recovery the Caribbean Development Bank Project Cycle Management (PCM) Capacity Strengthening programme has rolled out training to many senior government staff in Project Management delivered by the CIDT training team.

    Over an intensive five week teaching period, Philip Dearden (Head of CIDT) and CIDT Associates, Joy Mapp-Jobity and Sergei Prozarau led delivery of Project Management modules in Dominica. In the BVI training was led by Des Mahony and associates Yolanda Alleyne and Mark Lee. Modules include:

    1. Principles, Tools and Skills for Project Cycle Management 
    2. Project Appraisal
    3. Project Planning and Implementation
    4. Monitoring and Evaluation
    5. Risk Management
    6. Managing Technical Assistant Projects 
    7. Procurement
    8. Train the Trainer

    In Dominica participants focused on design of two large development programmes – one on improving traffic flow in the ever increasingly congested towns of the island and the second on the possible establishment of a much needed national Technical Education Institution. Both project design teams were highly motivated and keen to learn and came up with good project proposals. Feedback on the delivery of all the modules has been very positive. Comments from the independent evaluation exercise being undertaken have included:

    “Both the module and the facilitators approach were effective.”

    “It was a wonderful experience. The small group ensured that people were open and honest in the interactions without fear of repercussions.”

    The training was well received.”

    “The Programme was an eye opener. “

    “This enables us to be part of an integrated system which will be necessary and help us move forward with CDB.”

    Staff working on the design of Projects in the Principles, Tools and Skills for Project Management module.


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  • Project Cycle Management Training delivered across five countries in the Caribbean

    14 November 2018
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    A CIDT training team has delivered two further cycles of training under the Caribbean Development Bank’s Project Cycle Management training programme. Training took place in Belize, St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia in May 2018 and in Montserrat and St Vincent’s and the Grenadines in July 2018.

    The training team included CIDT’s Ella Haruna, Des Mahony, Sarah Thomas and Phil Dearden, and CIDT associates Patt Flett, Susan Branker Greene, Alexa Khan, Nana Hesse Bayne, Teddy Charles, and Mark Lee.

    Since November 2017 the CIDT team has delivered this suite of eight modules in Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The training modules cover a wide range of tools and themes around the project cycle, including project design, management, monitoring and evaluation to more specific PCM approaches, such as project appraisal, managing technical assistance projects and procurement. Each module is contextualised with regional case studies and the training has been very well received across the region – with an average of 97% positive participant feedback in the recent quarter.

    • “Excellent Delivery! Thank You!” (M5 St Kitts and Nevis)
    •  “The practice activities were very practical and allowed for much discussion.” (M9, Belize)
    • “It was well prepared and presented I do not think it could have been better.” (M4, Montserrat)
    • It was well executed” (M5. St Vincent and the Grenadines)
    • “It is an excellent opportunity for refresher training and continuous personal development. It also provides the foundation for improved project management and implementation.” (M5, Belize)
    • “Was extremely well delivered an indeed an eye opener.” (M9, St Kitts and Nevis)
    • “This was a good introduction. It is a lot to take in as a novice but the trainers were able to deliver the content and oversee activities well.’ (M3, St Lucia)
    • “Although I may have covered aspects of Monitoring and Evaluation previously, the facilitator was able to bring across concepts clearly which allowed for better understanding. Group exercises and examples enhanced learning.” (M6, St Vincent and the Grenadines)

    In addition to face to face training participants are also supported with a follow-up webinar, six weeks post-training. The webinar serves as a refresher and checks in on progress towards implementation of participant action plans.

    CIDT’s Phil Dearden has also delivered a suite of PCM Masterclasses for CDB staff at Headquarters in Barbados.

    The final training cycle is now well underway with CIDT trainers deployed in Anguilla, Haiti, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands.

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    CIDT have provided services to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) since 2013 – find out more about CIDT’s work with CDB in the following news articles:

    Photos from the training

     

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  • CIDT lead Project Management Masterclasses for staff of the Caribbean Development Bank

    4 October 2018
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    Project Management Masterclasses for staff of the Caribbean Development Bank

    In September 2018 Philip Dearden led a series of Project Cycle Management Masterclasses for senior staff of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), giving the CDB team a taster and overview of the 8 modules currently being delivered by CIDT across the Caribbean in the 19 CDB Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs).

    Philip co-delivered the training with members of CIDT’s regional associate training team Alexa Khan, Susan Branker Green, Mark Lee and Juanita Thorington-Powlett.

    Prior to attending a selection of the Masterclasses the 75 CDB staff participants all successfully completed CIDT’s online Results Based Management (RBM) course.

    The topics covered in these one and two day Masterclasses were:

    • Principles, Tools and Skills for Project Cycle Management
    • Project Appraisal
    • Risk Analysis and Management of Projects and Programmes
    • Project Planning and Implementation
    • Management of Technical Assistance Projects
    • Monitoring and Evaluation of Projects and Programmes
    • Procurement
    • Training of Trainers

    As an integral part of any training all participants have to design an Action Plan to help ensure the training contents and processes are implemented back in the workplace. Follow up Virtual Learning Symposia (VLS) will also be held in order to help identify further challenges and issues that may arise.

    Feedback from the independent evaluation of the programme being conducted has been very positive and included a variety of complimentary comments:

    • “The sessions were engaging with valuable contributions. The real cases brought a useful CDB perspective.”
    • “I thoroughly enjoyed this module.”
    • “Very useful opportunity for hands-on learning and identification of solutions.”
    • “I’m very appreciative of the knowledge and tools shared in this module.”
    • “This training has been tremendously helpful and the efforts of the facilitators and their administrative team is greatly appreciated.”

    Some specific comments on the Training of Trainers module were made:

    • “The facilitators went out of their way to ensure that the training was comfortable. As a result, I was willing to present in front of my colleagues, despite my nerves.”
    • “The module was well delivered”
    • “I really appreciated the way in which the facilitators worked to provide a safe environment.” “I believe this module was the best of the series and really sets the foundation for peer to peer learning.” 

    A series of recommendations from programme training and M&E providers concerning the sustainability of the overall programme, have been invited by CDB. The programme is considering the development of all modules into online packages, facilitation of Communities of Practice and the creation of ‘Lesson learning spaces’ for Monitoring and Evaluation at the CDB.

    Some photographs of some of the modules underway:

     

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  • Philip Dearden presents on Project Cycle Leadership the Caribbean Leadership Symposium

    10 July 2018
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    Philip Dearden with Devon Rowe, Executive Director of the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration CARICAD.

    Above: Philip Dearden with Devon Rowe, Executive Director of the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration CARICAD.

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    Philip Dearden, the Head of CIDT, presented a session entitled ‘How critical is leadership around the project cycle in delivering results in the Caribbean Region?’ at the Caribbean Leadership Symposium in Kingston, Jamaica, 28th – 29th June 2018.

    Over 120 senior leaders in the public sectors from across the Caribbean Region and representatives of key regional and international agencies attended the Symposium with the theme ‘Building Leadership Resilience: From Surviving to Thriving’. The event was organised by the Caribbean Leadership Project (CLP).

    The CLP is an initiative funded by the Government of Canada to support the leadership and economic development training needs of national public sectors in 12 CARICOM countries and key regional organisations.

    The Symposium was opened by the Hon. Dr Nigel Clarke, Jamaica’s Minister of Finance and the Public Service.

    Dr Darran Newman, Division Chief (Ag.) Technical Cooperation Division (CDB), outlined the importance of Leadership in the Caribbean in her remarks at the Opening Ceremony.

    They were both joined by Her Excellency Laurie Peters, Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica and Ms Collen Rossiter, Project Director of the CLP, seen here to the left and right of Phil respectively.

    The first day of the event was lead by Dr Wayne Corneil who lead an interactive session on Crisis Leadership and Change.

    On the second day of the symposium Philip (Head of CIDT) and Claire Fischer (DODS Training Associate) presented sessions on the Caribbean Development Bank’s Public Policy Analysis and Management (PPAM) and Project Cycle Management (PCM) Programme.

    This was followed by a session led by Dr Darran Newman, Division Chief (Ag.) Technical Cooperation Division (CDB), examining the Power of Collective Leadership Impact – Can communities of practice nurture leadership attitudes and behaviour in the policy process?

    These closed door sessions were attended by Permanent Sectretaries, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, and others of equivalent rank from across the 19 countries supported by the CDB.

    The specific objectives of the session were:

    • To provide an analysis and stock take of the main issues, drawing from the perspectives of Permanament Sectrtaries and Deputy Permanagement Sectraries who attended PPAM/PCM face to face training.
    • The enhance the practice of bolder leadership in navigating the political and institutional space.
    • To consider the case for a more devolved leadership model where staff (women and men) in all ministries with project and programme respoinsibiliteis are encouraged and coached to take on a stronger and more proactive leadership roles.
    • To debate the power of collective leadership impact – Can communities of practice nurture leadership attitudes and behaviours in the policy process?

    The sessions heavily focused on how to overcome the key insititutional challenges in relation to policy making and delvery that are emerging from the ongoing CDB training programme.

    Philip’s session concluded that Caribbean development projects and programmes need staff teams and individuals who have the confidence and capability to address the organisational and institutional challenges and appreciate and balance the various tensions that can arise. They also need an ability to draw on evidence and prior practical experience to apply context-specific judgement.  He strongly argued that in relation to addressing the regional implementation deficit, project and programme management is now simply not enough.  Project and programme leaders are now required.

    The 7 Simple Steps in CIDT’s experiential Leadership Capacity Development Programme (a programme designed for both female and male leaders at all levels) were outlined and briefly discussed in relation to the perceived needs in the Caribbean region.

    Philip also highlighted the need for sustainability in relation to the needs for further ongoing capacity development across the region.

    A series of suggestions/recommendations were put forward by all speakers. These were discussed in small groups and feedback collected.

    Despite the challenging nature of the many difficult delivery issues discussed during the closed door session, the early feedback from participants is very positive.   All of the participants who completed the evaluation survey forms gave a high rating for the session in terms of its contribution to their learning ( i.e. either strongly agreed or agreed).

    The closed door session was facilitated by Karen Hinds,  Chief Executive Officer, Workplace Success Group seen here leading the final “Call for Action” session (and paying tribute to both Jamaica and Usain Bolt!).

    Please click here on this link to see Philip’s presentation.

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  • Project Cycle Management Training delivered across six countries in the Caribbean

    23 May 2018
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    CDB training

    CIDT have provided services to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) since 2013, most recently the design and delivery of Project Cycle Management (PCM) Training in 19 of the Bank’s Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs).

    Since November 2017 the CIDT team has delivered a suite eight modules in six countries  – Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The next round of training is scheduled to begin in late May 2018 in Belize, St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia.

    CIDT pair international trainers with regional associates in a delivery model that has been very well received across the region –  an average of 97% positive participant feedback in the recent quarter. The training modules cover a wide range of tools and themes around the project cycle, including project design, management, monitoring and evaluation to more specific PCM approaches, such as project appraisal, managing technical assistance projects and procurement. Each module is contextualised with regional case studies and examples.

    Participant feedback has been very positive, as quotes from Trinidad and Guyana show:

    “The delivery of the module was exceptional, coming from a background where I had no prior knowledge of M&E and still be able to fully grasp all concepts, tools and techniques relating to M&E in 3 days, speaks to the quality of the materials delivered by the facilitators”.

    “As a graduate of a Masters Degree in Project Management since 2010, I haven’t been using the Project Management tools in my workplace.  So over the years, I have lost my interest in Project Management. The learning experience I have gained from participating in Module 5 has renewed my interest and passion in Project Management.  Now I am motivated and energized to work in a project oriented environment.  And I hope to be soon shifted to work in a department that is project oriented and focused on effective project planning and implementation.”

    CDB trainingCIDT’s project coordinator, David Meechan, visited Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana in April 2018 to deliver the Train the Trainer module, working with Nana Hesse-Bayne, a long standing regional associate based in Trinidad. The training unpicked methodologies of training delivery, encouraging participants to try out participatory style training through peer-based training practice.

    Eight weeks following completion of the face to face modules, participants are invited to attend a follow-up webinar. The webinar serves as a refresher and checks in on progress towards implementation of participant action plans. The ambitious training project has ten more countries to reach before the end of 2018 but is now off to a flying start!

    More on this project

    The Caribbean Development Bank is driving a wide transformation agenda to catalyse the change needed if the Region is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. To enable more effective management of policy, programmes and projects and contribute to addressing the regional implementation deficit, the Bank is executing a Public Policy Analysis and Management (PPAM) and Project Cycle Management (PCM) Training programme, to which CIDT are contracted as the PCM training consultants.

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