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Politics and advocacy

Authors: VeneKlasen, L. & Miller, V.

This chapter helps you bring to the surface some of the misgivings about what is ‘political’ in order to establish a level of comfort with the subject. This lays the foundation for further learning and action. 

The Inquiry Based Approach (IBA) - a facilitator's handbook

Authors: Westin, M., Calderon, C. & Hellquist, A. (eds.)
Publication date: 2014

The Inquiry Based Approach (IBA) has been developed to facilitate multi-stakeholder collaboration for the transformation of situations which are contested, uncertain and complex; known as “wicked situations”. Drawing on learning theory and the action research tradition, the IBA revolves around an inquiry, a question that enables collaboration among various stakeholders. 

This handbook can be used as course material in training for facilitators or as a standalone guide for designing and facilitating collaboration. 

Gender and Inclusion Toolbox: participatory research in climate change and agriculture

Author: Jost, C., Ferdous, N. & Spicer, T.D.
Publication date: 2014

This manual introduces a wide range of participatory strategies and tools for research to guide the implementation of climate smart agriculture and efforts to achieve food security in rural communities. It is intended for NGO practitioners and program designers interested in diagnostic and action research for gender sensitive and socially inclusive climate change programs.

Padlet: A Free Virtual Bulletin Board and Brainstorming Tool

In this blog post, Susan Kistler introduces Padler, an improved free virtual bulletin board application. The uses are almost endless – any time you might try sticky notes, Padlet may be a virtual alternative. 

Tools for enhancing interdisciplinary communication

Authors: Winowiecki, L. et alii.
Publication date: 2011 (In Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, (7) 1)

A diverse group of postdoctoral research fellows aimed to bring together scientific, political, economic, demographic, geographic, ecological, and ethical perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development. Communicating effectively across often disparate disciplines turned out to be their first challenge. This community essay chronicles that part of our journey. 

In Her Shoes toolkit

In Her Shoes is a free toolkit, presenting an interactive activity that gives women and men the opportunity to ‘walk in the shoes’ of a woman who is experiencing violence. 

No special training or additional resources are needed to walk In Her Shoes! All you need is 3 hours, a large space for moving around, a facilitator, and the Toolkit. 

Responsibility to protect (RtoP): Training toolkit for civil society actors and multidimensional peace support personnel in West Africa

Author: Martyns Okeke, J., Ekiyor, T. & Balogun, O. (for the West Africa Civil Society Institute)
Publication date: 2013

This toolkit on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) was designed to introduce the concept to practitioners and policy makers in West Africa, as well as deepen their knowledge of its development and practice. It aims to achieve this through seven targeted training sessions to be delivered over three days using a combined methodology of brainstorming, mini-lectures and quizzes, open discussions, group work and case study exercises. 

Community Toolbox: Building Leadership Toolkit

This online toolkit helps in developing a plan for enhancing leadership and its core tasks. It sheds a light on building strong adaptive personal and group leadership. It illustrates among others how to assess leadership and provides tools and methods to build leadership and make it work within and across changing groups. A separate section includes 6 examples. 

Community Toolbox: Leadership and Management Toolkit

This online toolkit provides information about the core functions of leadership, management, and group facilitation. It clarifies the different types, styles and functions of leadership, including ethical and collaborative leadership, and shares insights on how to encourage and build leadership. A separate chapter focuses on the essentials of becoming an effective manager. The last chapter zooms in on group facilitation and problem-solving. 

FAMILY-CENTERED, CULTURALLY COMPETENT PARTNERSHIPS in Demonstration Projects for Children, Youth, and Families

Author: Institute for Educational Leadership

This toolkit is designed to provide ideas and linkages to other resources that will increase the capacity of US based demonstration projects engaged in systemic reform efforts to partner with communities and families in the development of family-centered, culturally competent approaches.

It offers case study examples and a variety of tools communities may want to use as they consider plans for implementing, monitoring and institutionalizing family partnership and culturally competent policies and practices.