Climate Change Courses: Blended Training Program—Including:
1. Pre-workshop: You will have three weeks at home to assess and clearly define local need.
Advance your Career, Raise Funds and Solve Nonprofit Challenges
The program is for non profit and donor staff—and job-seekers wanting to successfully solve community challenges. Participants work on programs such as social services, community development, education, the environment and social justice—among others—and decided to enroll in the program because they were:
What Participants Say:
"I just want to take this opportunity to complement you on the practical ideas, knowledge and vast experience that you continue to share with us on each assignment. Many times your examples are the solution of choice for our community. I have been provided with constant support, practical solutions suitable for my project, feedback specific to our project submissions and unwavering encouragement." Gillian Primus
"Thank you for all your effort in putting together a great program and all of the program resources. Thank you for everything – for making this possible, for your guidance, and for your continuous optimism and encouragement. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you again in the next session." Wye Yee Yong.
Great Project Design = Extra Funding + Increased Services
This program will lead you in developing a winning, impact oriented project to help you:
Design your own Solution-Oriented Project & Attract Donors
This blended training program provides cutting-edge information, tools, time-saving templates, training and expert consultancy—and leads you in developing a real project for your organization. You will:
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Please note: This Community Based Adaptation program is appropriate for both North American and International audiences. See notes below.
3 weeks pre-workshop. Guided Field Data Collection: Community Needs Assessments. Conduct a needs assessment with a target population in preparation for use in the workshop—guided through distance learning by CSDi staff. We will provide all of the tools and information you need to conduct the needs assessments.
- 2 field days. Don't have community access? Two additional field days the Saturday and Sunday prior to the workshop conducting a participatory needs assessment with our local partner at the workshop location.
- 5 days. A Face-to-Face Climate Change Workshop. Full Project Design and Development. Working with the CSDi workshop leader, you will use your needs assessment to begin the development of a complete, fundable, launchable project.
- Completion Certificate. Receive a workshop completion certificate from the Center for Sustainable Development.
- Empower people in your communities to change their lives,
- develop impact-oriented projects from the ground-up,
- use proven methods that produce sustainable results,
- attract donors, and
- collaborate with course colleagues.
- assess and organize information about climate challenges and vulnerabilities that communities face
- work side-by-side with communities to develop long-term, sustainable adaptation programs
- link together development, disaster risk reduction, and adaptation activities into sound projects (visit our Disaster Management Course too)
- clearly assess a community's development need in a target community
- develop a project outline with a problem statement, underlying causes, and solution oriented activities
- research scientific evidence that your activities have worked to solve the project challenge
- develop project management documents: log frames, budgets and schedules
- develop a Letter of Inquiry for a donor presentation
- develop field guides and lesson plans for beginning a series of capacity building community workshops
- develop a participatory monitoring and evaluation plan
- develop a long-term project management plan for community use
This is a blended learning workshop. During the optional weekend prior to the five day workshop, guided by CSDi staff, you will conduct needs assessments with our local partner—or in the country where you work—in preparation for the workshop. You will spend five days developing and fine-tuning a project that will address the specific context that your community faces. At the end of the live workshop, upon returning home, enroll in OL 343 and OL 344. Then return to work with your community—and launch your project's implementation— all under the continuing support and guidance of your CSDi workshop leader.
The workshop will be led by Tim Magee, CSDi’s Executive Director, who has over 30 years experience in both working with nonprofits and leading training workshops. Mr. Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation published by Routledge, Oxford, England.
Learn more about Tim Magee's approach toward workshop facilitation and his experience in working with international development organizations.
The course will use Mr. Magee's book as the course text. To gain more background information about the course, follow the book's link to search inside the electronic version to see in greater detail what the workshop will cover. To learn more about the breadth of participant's projects, investigate course participant countries (153), organizations (500), and project themes (270).
• you will be able to download a full range of document templates for you to customize to best address your project.
• we will provide a library of links to resources for the different challenges that you're likely to encounter: scientific studies, manuals, field guides, and community capacity building resources. Course participants’ projects have included 270 different kinds of solution oriented activities.
Participatory Field Assessment of Community Need
The goal of the workshop is to guide you in developing a real project for your target community. In the 3 weeks before the live workshop the workshop facilitator will guide you in leading a needs assessment with community members. We will provide handbooks and workshop lesson plans for leading the assessment.
Conduct these two exercises in the town where your organization works during the three weeks prior to the live -workshop. Or....
• conduct a participatory needs assessment with our local workshop partner
• develop a problem outline including a problem statement, underlying causes—and their negative impacts
Community: Local Climate Knowledge
• reviewing the pre-workshop community needs assessments
Researching Development Solutions
• researching development based solution information
• summarizing development based solution information
Solution: Identifying Evidence-based Adaptation Activities
• researching evidence-based adaptation activities
• verifying activity effectiveness through scientific evidence
• developing the program and activity solution list
• mainstreaming: integrating adaptation and DRR activities with traditional development activities
• Share your proposed project concept locally with climate change colleagues to gain feedback and constructive criticism
• Return to the community with your project concept and get their feedback and hopeful buy-in. (Post-workshop).
Project: Management & Funding Tools
• developing a logical framework, detailed budget and a project schedule
• developing a detailed budget a
• developing a project schedule
• participant project presentations
• project summary: writing a compelling two page fact sheet (LOI)
• how will you organize a donor presentation?
• where will you find donors to present your project to?
• Make a list of 2 colleagues, 2 potential NGO partners, and two donors who have expertise in adapting to climate change that you can share this working project proposal with. Make appointments with 1 of them.
• We will polish this family of documents by including the constructive feedback, and by making sure that the docs are absolutely parallel to each other.
• We will then carefully print them out, spiral bind them, and make an appointment with a donor to present your project. (Post –workshop).
• Share your project informally with a donor, your boss, your professor, someone specialized in climate change for feedback. We will discuss why it is a good idea to visit a donor at this preliminary stage, and why you should wait on writing an actual full-length proposal. (Post –workshop).
Launch: Partnering with the Community
• preparing for the formation of a community project management committee
Sustainability: Capacity Building for Community Takeover
• community capacity building
• selecting the first activity for a community capacity building workshop
• two-way knowledge transfer: lesson plans
The Program will Link Theory and Practice
3 Simple Steps to Launch Your Project. Upon enrolling in OL 343 and OL 344, we will support you in launching the project with your community that you developed in the training program. After the live workshop, after you return home, the workshop facilitator will provide guidance, consultation, and resources—and will guide you in forming a community based project management committee, engaging the committee in project management, and leading your first capacity building workshop with community members.
- Southern and Northern development students and postgraduate students who want to learn more about what works in designing impact-oriented projects
- Donors, development practitioners, field staff, grant writers, project managers, directors, and donor staff.
- Staff from IGOs, large INGOs, staff from small in-country NGOs, people considering career changes, and business owners with a social conscience.
Claremont, located at the foot of the beautiful San Gabriel mountains, is 32 miles east of Los Angeles. It became a college town in the late 1880s with the founding of Pomona College; now there are nine colleges and graduate schools. Claremont, with its tree lined streets, is a walking town. Downtown Claremont ("The Village") boasts sidewalk cafes and a variety of shops and restaurants. Here is Claremont's Summer 2015 Services and Activities Guide.
- You have just made our day. Thank you for your usual prompt and generous reviews of our work. Your system is most effective. Helps us to do well. Thank you once again. We are grateful for your mentorship. Carolyn. US.
- We are thankful for your guidance, for coming up with these courses that are relevant, and for your continuous optimism and encouragement. Wye Yee. Malaysia.
What Students Think:
"Thank you for all your effort in putting together a great program and all of the program resources. Thank you for everything – for making this possible, for your guidance, and for your continuous optimism and encouragement. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you again in the next session." Wye Yee Yong
"As you know, as a real beginner in designing projects, without your project example templates I could never have written even a single word by myself." Moise
"I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude for the knowledge addition to our careers and the time you take to correct our assignments. This has opened doors for us to venture into designing our own projects, and I'm very sure we shall never go POOR. You've indeed taught us how to FISH—not provided FISH." Dianah
"This program was absolutely awesome! The course content, instruction, example projects, on-line resources and the most valuable – your timely guidance on the assignments were all perfectly done." Boris
"I'm so excited with the whole experience this training has provided me. The interaction with the community, sharing their lives, their enthusiasm in participating and opening up to me – and with lots of hope in seeing me engage with them." George
"This training program is an absolute cracker. After undertaking the course, I was able to relate and transform community need into a project idea that could attract donor funding. The exercise of transforming goals into a simple logical framework was particularly exhilarating and smooth. It was indeed an eye opener for me." Perry