SIS 633-N02 International Education Program Evaluation Instructor: Robin Helms Dates: June 24-26 Description: International education professionals appreciate hearing
"studying abroad changed my life." However, as the international
education field has matured, the need to understand outcomes and
impact in more concrete terms has been recognized. Designed for
program managers and other practitioners in the field, this
course provides an overview of program evaluation, including
qualitative and quantitative methodologies, project types and
rationales, and reporting strategies. Students review case
examples and design an evaluation plan for a sample program.
SIS 730-N05 Participatory Planning Instructor: Scott Yetter Dates: May 14-15 Description: Participation is a fundamental concept to development. The
challenge for development practitioners is to put participatory
development theory into everyday practice. This course builds an
appreciation of the nuances of participation and to impart
specific methods and tools that facilitate participation. The
course covers the principles of participatory learning and
action (PLA), provides helpful do's and don'ts for carrying out
participatory activities and processes, and touches on the
caveats of participatory methods in the development industry.
The tools and methods covered in the course are drawn from
community development planning, PLA, participatory rural/urban
appraisal (PRA/PUA), and participatory monitoring and evaluation
SIS 730-N06 Policy Briefing Instructor: Craig Schmall Dates: June 4-5 Description: This course gives students the tools and confidence to handle a
briefing at any level in the policy world with a combination of
presentations and group discussion on the art of proper
preparation, real-life examples of policy briefings, and
challenging practical exercises. Students learn how to develop
and present a relevant, tailored, and effective briefing by
crafting the briefing to account for the policymaker's level of
knowledge, biases, and needs; understanding an issue's place in
the policy process and how that impacts the presentation;
utilizing graphics to make the complex easy to understand;
writing talking points to guide the briefing; being flexible;
and dealing with demanding or hostile audiences.
SIS 730-N08 Mastering the Military Instructor: Nora Bensahel and David Barno Dates: June 11-12 Description: What could be called "A Field Guide to Silver Eagles and Trained
SEALs," this course familiarizes students with the structure,
processes, jargon, and culture of the U.S. Defense Department
and the different Services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines).
Students leave the course better able to work with military
personnel in their future assignments, whether as government
employees, academics, policy analysts, or representatives of
NGOs or IOs. The course methodology focuses on lectures and
discussion, with outside video and guest speakers to expand on
concepts. In addition to assigned readings and classroom
participation, students write and present a short analysis of an
outside work that illustrates the ideas covered in the course.
SIS 730-N09 Consulting Skills Instructor: Stephanie Fischer Dates: June 18-19 Description: Whether students would like to make change within an
organization or from the role of an outside consultant, this
course provides the tools and perspectives to scope, plan, and
execute projects effectively. Special attention is given to
client relations and ways to build client trust.
SIS 730-N10 Strategic Fundraising and Grant Writing Basics Instructor: Sherburne Laughlin Dates: July 15-16 and July 23 Description: In the world of non-profits, NGOs, and academia, fundraising is
an essential skill that impacts virtually every single project,
idea, or organizational initiative. In this course students
develop a fundamental understanding of strategic fundraising
with a particular emphasis on grant writing. The course explores
all aspects of grant writing and has a heavy experiential
component where students are able to run their own foundation.
Real world examples of grants and grant requirements are
explored within the larger context of assessing fundraising
SIS 730-N11 Producing and Presenting Analytics Instructor: Roy Sullivan Dates: May 21-22 Description: This workshop introduces students to the process of thinking in
a logical and structured manner about a problem or issue, but
with a specific customer in mind; deciding on an analytic
approach; selecting and weighing evidence; and presenting
compelling analytic conclusions. Students practice crafting
logical arguments, evaluating data, and self-reviewing. Students
also learn to organize and communicate findings for maximum
effectiveness and usability.
SIS 730-N01 Producing and Presenting Analytics Instructor: Roy Sullivan Dates: September 9-11 Description: This workshop introduces students to the process of thinking in a logical and structured manner about a problem or issue with a specific customer in mind;deciding on an analytic approach;selecting and weighing evidence;and presenting compelling analytic conclusions. Students will practice crafting logical arguments, evaluating data, and self-reviewing. Students also learn to organize and communicate findings for maximum effectiveness and usability.
SIS-730-N02 Policy Briefing
Instructor: Craig Schmall Dates: October 15-16 Description:
This course gives students the tools and confidence to handle a briefing
at any level in the policy world with a combination of presentations
and group discussion on the art of proper preparation, real-life
examples of policy briefings, and challenging practical exercises.
Students learn how to develop and present a relevant, tailored, and
effective briefing by crafting the briefing to account for the
policymaker's level of knowledge, biases, and needs; understanding an
issue's place in the policy process and how that impacts the
presentation; utilizing graphics to make the complex easy to understand;
writing talking points to guide the briefing;being flexible; and
dealing with demanding or hostile audiences.
SIS-730-03 Real World Strategic Planning Instructor: Curtis Chang Dates: October 22-23 Course Description: This course prepares students to work with organizations in need of strategic planning. The course gives students basic tools to help organizations find their way. Students learn to detect mission drift, map their ecosystem, construct a theory of change, diagnose sustainability, and more. These key skills are applicable to government entities and NGOs, to large and small organizations. This course is taught via case studies and simulations based on actual recent strategic planning projects.
SIS 730-N04 Fundraising Instructor: Beth Grupp Dates: November 5 & 12 Description: In the world of non-profits, NGO's, and
academia, fundraising is an essential skill that impacts virtually every
single project, idea, or organization initiative. This course provides
students with a donor mapping model for strategic fundraising with a
particular emphasis on grant writing. The course explores all aspects of
grant writing and has a heavy experiential component where students are
able to run their own foundation. Real world examples of grants and
grant requirements are explored within the larger context of assessing
fundraising programs overall.
SIS 696-003 Engaging With the Private Sector Instructor: Robert Tomasko Dates: Wed, August 31 (8:20-10:50pm); September 24-25; November 6 & 13 (This is a 2-credit course, and is graded A-F) Description: Engaging with corporations has become a priority of many activist NGOs, as well as humanitarian, environmental, and development organizations. This course, taught in conjunction with a skills institute on NGO-business partnership building, deals with the practical aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility. It explores this trend’s history, potential, and controversies, and provide a practical opportunity for students to synthesize what they learn by creating an engagement plan for a real world client. Case studies and readings from the CSR practitioner literature will be used extensively, and the dynamics of corporate behavior regarding societal issues will be explored to better understand why businesses behave the way they do. Prerequisite (can also be taken concurrently): SIS 638/730 Business-NGO Partnership Building (1-credit)
SIS 639 Development and Fundraising for Peace NGOs Instructor:Michael Braeuninger Dates:November 5-6 Description:In this skills institute, students will learn the fundamentals of Development and Fundraising for nonprofits, with a focus on Peacebuilding NGOs. Topics will include: Assessing Development and Fundraising needs; Strategic Development; Board Engagement; Donor Engagement; Fundraising tools; Grant Searching and Grant Writing. Teaching methods for this Skills Institute will include lecture and case studies.
SIS 639 Media Relations in Conflict Zones Instructor:Stefo Lehman Dates: October 29-30 Description: This intensive course provides a foundation to enable students to develop productive media relationships during overseas humanitarian, reconstruction and peace-building interventions. Students learn how to prepare for interviews, plan and conduct press conferences, design a message development plan and deliver effective responses during media engagements. The course also covers crisis and reputation management, communication models, and provides an overview of the public affairs posture of major international participants in overseas relief operations. The course culminates in video-recorded performance exercises by each student.
SIS 633-001 Designing Intercultural Training Programs Instructor:Maria Morukian Dates:October 8-9 Description:This hands-on course focuses on the design of intercultural programs to enhance and develop intercultural understanding, communication, and competence. Students develop and critique training program materials and curricula for practical application in such settings as schools, business, government, non-profits, and in international contexts. Emphasis is placed on programs for multicultural as well as substantially mono-cultural contexts. In addition to interpersonal and intercultural skills, and the development of training materials, the course briefly touches on evaluation as integral components of effective program design.
SIS 638-001 Business-NGO Partnership Building Instructor: Gelbard, A and Hendry, K Dates: September 30 - October 2 Description:Provides
the skills and knowledge to build successful cross-sector partnerships
between businesses and NGOs based on practical experience. Covers skills
that can be applied to all stages of this process: from networking,
building relationships and trust, to writing an MOU, implementing a
partnership and measuring outcomes.
SIS 638-003 Gender Analysis and Development Instructor:Patricia Morris Dates: October 15-16 Description:This course explores the concept of gender and its practical application to international development programs and policy. It covers a variety of analytical and planning tools as well as frameworks and methodologies developed and used by gender practitioners and activists worldwide. Course participants review gender concepts, gender analysis frameworks, gender analysis tools and strategies for gender mainstreaming and gender integration in international relief and development programs. This interactive skills institute focuses on applying gender analysis tools in program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
SIS 638-002 Budgeting for Development Instructor: Kristi Ragan and Nicholas Brown Dates: October 28-30 Description: A basic understanding of how the U.S. government's budget, through the allocation of foreign aid, is managed to address international development challenges such as literacy, maternal and child health, good governance, clean water, and food security, is needed to understand how international development works. At a more practical level to work on any development project requires an understanding of how to build, manage and report on a budget. In this course, students learn the overall framework for how funding is allocated to the US Agency for Internal Development (USAID), how priorities are set, and how funds make their way to the USAID Mission managing resources at the country level. The course follows the program process within USAID as a guide to understanding how the budget flows down to individual projects and how NGO and for profit implementers use budgets to deliver assistance on the ground. Students learn the fundamentals of how to construct a budget, be introduced to budget monitoring methodologies, as well as get hands-on experience in basic budget forecasting and standard budget reporting.
SIS 638-004 Developing a Successful Career Path Instructor: Ladek, S Dates: September 16-18 Description: This practical course focuses on two major skills that are essential for every professional path and in every sector: how to build a system for attracting and acquiring new work and opportunities; and how to deliver high value for current work. The course demystifies what it takes to "make it," whether as a thought leader at a think tank, helping those in need at an NGO, in the private sector, government, or creating a company. Students gain a blueprint for how to create success for themselves, their group, or their organization.
SIS 638 Project and Program Evaluation Instructor: TBD Dates: TBD Description: This course focuseson the development of skills to evaluate projects and programs using a variety of qualitative tools. It provides a basic understanding of the steps to include in preparing for and conducting an evaluation and includes you as the evaluator; designing evaluations; developing indicators; and practicing the use of several different tools.