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SAS2: A Guide to Collaborative Inquiry and Social Engagement

Author: Chevalier, J.M. & Buckles, D.J.
Publication date: 2008

This guide represents a significant international effort to support the creation and mobilization of practical, authentic knowledge for social change. The guiding principle behind SAS2 (Social Analysis Systems) is that group dialogue and social inquiry are crucial for local and global development.

Social issues must be addressed socially and in a multistakeholder mode, not by private interests and experts alone, and the insights that emerge fully integrated into processes of knowledge production, planning, and decision-making.

Social learning for adaptation: A descriptive handbook for practitioners and action researchers

Authors: Cundill, G. et alii.
Publication date: 2014

This handbook presents the experience of a participatory social learning process that evolved to support individual and community level adaptation to the myriad of stressors affecting rural people. The most critical factor emerging through the experience of this social learning process is how facilitators see their roles and their relationships with participants.

IPAL: Learning with Constituents. A guide to identifying, documenting and analyzing evidence of impact (planned or unplanned), and learning from this in dialogue with constituents.

Author: IPAL - Keystone
Publication date:

This guide is addressed to organizations that are seeking guidance on how to engage with their constituents in order to better monitor and evaluate their efforts, learn with and from their constituents and continuously make improvements in the way they work. It is also addressed to monitoring and evaluation consultants and facilitators.

The guide lays out ideas for activities and processes for organizations to engage and learn with their constituents. It provides guidelines for the time and resources required for each activity.

Sustainability through partnerships. Capitalizing on Collaboration

Authors: Dr. Gray, B. & Ms. Stites, J.P. (for the Network for Business Sustainability)
Publication date: 2013

Collaboration is one of the keys for unlocking sustainability, with leaders from all sectors of society agreeing that that solving environmental and social challenges requires unparalleled cooperation.

2013: Practical Guide on Democratic Dialogue

Authors: UNDP & Organization of American States
Publication date: 2013

This Guide offers a series of criteria, guidelines and tools that allow societal actors to understand better what a democratic dialogue implies as a process, and to undertake successful dialogic initiatives.

The guide has four sections:

Conducting a Policy Dialogue to Achieve Results

Author: Woman in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)
Publication date: 2013

A policy dialogue involves people from different groups sitting together to focus on an issue in which they have a mutual, but not necessarily common, interest. This can bring about meaningful improvements to policies or programmes. Policy dialogues are powerful advocacy platforms for informal workers—and invaluable sources of information and solutions for officials.

USAID Social media handbook for agricultural development practitioners

Authors: Andres, D. & Woodard, J. (for USAID)
Publication date: 2013

This interactive handbook for agricultural development practitioners provides useful information on how to plan and use social media for development. An in-depth case study and illustrative examples are included.

The Change Management Toolbook: A collection of tools, methods and strategies

Authors: Nauheimer, H.

The Change Management Toolbook is a collection of more than 120 tools, methods and strategies that you can apply during different stages of personal, team and organisational development, in training, facilitation and consulting. It is divided into three principal sections: Self, Team and Larger Systems.

GIZ Guidebook for MSP facilitation

Authors: GIZ, onbehalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Expert opinions by Jim Woodhill & Simone van der Vugt; Darian Stibbe (based on Ros Tennyson, with Nazneen Huq & Joanna Pyres); Vanessa Sayers; Douglas Kativu.

Publication Date: 2011

This GIZ guidebook has been designed and written for facilitators of MSPs. It offers the reader the following benefits:

GIZ Stakeholder Dialogues Manual.

Author(s): Künkel, P.; Gerlach, S. et al. (for GIZ)

Publication Date: 2011

This GIZ manual provides the reader with a thorough understanding of the concept of ‘stakeholder dialogues and on how to apply it successfully. Ample attention is given to the Dialogic Change Model and the principle of dialogue as well as to issues of communication, process monitoring and facilitation.