Evidence-based Program Design & Implementation in the Pacific

Summary

Level of study: Career Based/Vocational

This micro-credential is designed for current and prospective policy makers and aid professionals involved in the design and implementation of aid projects in the Pacific. Adopting an evidence-based and multi-disciplinary approach, it examines critically the challenges of aid programming in the Pacific context. Beginning with an assessment of the political and development context in the region, the credential considers how the Pacific context complicates key elements of the design and implementation process including: partnering with local actors, developing a context responsive theory of change, monitoring and evaluation, risk management and inclusivity. The micro-credential has a strong practical focus based around four Pacific case studies in the areas of governance, gender, health and education.
Topics
The political and development context in the Pacific – Implications for design
How change happens in a Pacific context – Theories of change
Locally-led development – Partnering with local actors
Monitoring and evaluation in a Pacific context
Meeting donor requirements in Pacific designs – Risk management and sustainability
Inclusivity in Pacific program design
Program implementation in a Pacific context – Modalities and aid approaches
Thinking and working politically in the Pacific – Situating donors in the Pacific context
Case study – Gender and leadership
Case study – Governance and elections
Case study – Skills
Case study – Health
Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion, enrollees will have the knowledge and skills to:
Identify key stages and actors in program design and implementation
Define the development contexts in the Pacific and their relevance to aid programming
Determine the relevant drivers of the political economy in which aid programs are designed
Critically assess different programming modalities used in Pacific development programs
Design an original development program that is fit for purpose in a Pacific context

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