Training modules

In training-, brainstorming sessions and vision/ mission development  I make frequent use of participatory methods under the motto:

Maximum participation for efficient decision making

The training courses I conduct are built around the personal experiences and knowledge base of participants, involving the use of different learning styles. One person learns more from practical exercises, others prefer a thorough theoretical story. Methodology and associated tools ensure that participants participate and feel part of the decision making process. In later stages, they feel jointly responsible for decisions and support those decisions from that concept wholeheartedly. With targeted training participants obtain knowledge and skills into practice, which can be applied immediately.

For a number of themes training modules are developed, often in cooperation with other trainers. Training modules are often adapted to the wishes of the client. It is also possible to work with the client to develop a training on a different theme.

A training usually involves a one-or two-day meeting depending on the request of the client. The training module can be adapted to the level of the participants. The, development of, training modules is based on the ‘experiential learning’ cycle of Kolb. Each module has inspiration and action, but also backgrounds, skills training and knowledge transfer. The following training modules are currently in the portfolio:

Result Based Programming

Programs are often developed through creative brainstorming. It is important that all creativity then leads to a result-oriented proposition. During the training participants develop such a proposition including monitoring and evaluation based on 7 steps towards a result-oriented design based on a model developed by the World Bank. In a way that the organisation and the financier of the program or project can monitor and measure the achieved results.

Duration: 2 days
Number of participants: 12-15
Objective: Participants will know how to make a results-oriented proposition

Acquisition

Many organizations depend on international budget- or project financing as the main source of income. One is accustomed to develop an idea into a project which is then submitted to a donor. The presentation of the proposal is sound with formulation of outputs, outcomes, resources, budget and communication.

As a result of budget cuts on international funding, acquisition strategies have to be diversified. Companies and private donors often ask for a lot more appealing presentation and joint development of ideas. Acquisition to those audiences requires much more partnership and enthusiasm of the parties. This means more emphasis on presentation and strategy instead of the logical framework. This calls for a much more outbound attitude. Participants learn to make a good presentation and pitch of their proposition and develop a marketing strategy.

Duration: 2 days
Number of participants: 15
Purpose: The participants have developed their skills in acquisition

Public Participation

This training is intended for civil society organizations at local and sub-national levels to provide the tools to participate in decision-making processes relating to the environment. It is based on the three pillars of the Aarhus Convention, without using the jargon of the legal instruments. The training is organized around a role play, based on an (imaginary) environmental conflict.

Duration: 2 days
Number of participants: 15
Purpose: The participants know the principles of the Aarhus Convention and how the practices apply.

Introduction to mediation

Mediation is an art in itself but the principles are useful for anyone who ever has to do with conflict situations. In the training, participants learn the basics of mediation know and apply on the basis of their own experiences.

Duration: 2 days
Number of participants: 15
Purpose: The participants know the basic principles of mediation and how to apply in practice.

Lobby and Watch dogging

Lobby is an art that requires special tools, techniques and strategies. You operate in a different arena than the one civil society organisations are used to operate in. It is not about mobilization of citizens, campaigning or protesting. Lobby is a game you play in the decision making arena, operating quietly after thorough analysis of the positions of other players. After the decision making  we need watch dogs to follow the implementation and it’s quality.  In the training participants get the basics of both and advice for further study and development.

Duration: 2 days
Number of participants: 12 to 26
Purpose: The participants know the basic principles of lobby and watch dogging and learn how to apply them in practice.

Clients

In recent years I have conducted trainings for amongst others, the following clients:

CEDE Aruba

Ecocontact Moldavië

12 provinciale Natuur en  Milieufederaties

 REC