SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:57:56 +0000 Kunena 1.6 http://forum.susana.org/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png SuSanA - Forum http://forum.susana.org/ en-gb Re: Working Group 1 (capacity development): Take part in SuSanA's Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 19-21 March - Example: article on capacity development - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/20697-working-group-1-capacity-development-take-part-in-susanas-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-19-21-march-example-article-on-capacity-development#20995 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/20697-working-group-1-capacity-development-take-part-in-susanas-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-19-21-march-example-article-on-capacity-development#20995
That's great, thank you!
I had a look at the article on capacity development that you edited:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacity_building

I see that you changed the first sentence in the lead - the most important part of the article, as it is used in Google search results. So that's great, it's always good to "be bold" on Wikipedia. Do you have a reference available that you could quote to "prove" that your statement is not just your opinion but an official definition? That would be great.

The definition could also be repeated and expanded in the section called "definitions". I wonder why the article talks so much about "Community capacity building", did you get that?

Feel free to use publications by CAWST as references, too, if they are suitable. Are there any images that could be added (photos of activities or also simple schematics?).

And can you think of a suitable way to bring WASH into the picture, perhaps in an examples section? So far, water and sanitation are mentioned once, although I don't really understand this sentence (sentence is a bit long, too):
Community capacity building is a conceptual approach to social, behavioral change and leads to infrastructure development in case of water and sanitation that focuses on understanding the obstacles that inhibit people, governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations from realizing their development goals while enhancing the abilities that will allow them to achieve measurable and sustainable results.

Do you get their point? Can it be made clearer?

Would be great if you found the time in the next few days to work on this further (or if others from this working group would join you). We are still counting all the edits from the edit-a-thon until 31 March so please help us make our outcome statistics look good!
See here: outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Su..._Day_March_2017/home

(Of course editing Wikipedia also beyond 31 March is good, too!)

Regards,
Elisabeth]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:38:32 +0000
Working Group 1 (capacity development): Take part in SuSanA's Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 19-21 March - Example: article on capacity development - by: millieadam http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/20697-working-group-1-capacity-development-take-part-in-susanas-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-19-21-march-example-article-on-capacity-development#20990 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/20697-working-group-1-capacity-development-take-part-in-susanas-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-19-21-march-example-article-on-capacity-development#20990 WG 1 (Capacity development) Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:23:14 +0000 Re: WG 1: Take part in SuSanA's Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for World Water Day (19th/20th March)! - by: dhapolaa http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/20697-working-group-1-capacity-development-take-part-in-susanas-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-19-21-march-example-article-on-capacity-development#20783 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/20697-working-group-1-capacity-development-take-part-in-susanas-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-19-21-march-example-article-on-capacity-development#20783 WG 1 (Capacity development) Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:41:59 +0000 Re: WG 1: Take part in SuSanA's Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for World Water Day (19th/20th March)! - by: kocsy http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/20697-working-group-1-capacity-development-take-part-in-susanas-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-19-21-march-example-article-on-capacity-development#20701 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/20697-working-group-1-capacity-development-take-part-in-susanas-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-19-21-march-example-article-on-capacity-development#20701 WG 1 (Capacity development) Wed, 01 Mar 2017 12:14:09 +0000 Working Group 1 (capacity development): Take part in SuSanA's Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 19-21 March - Example: article on capacity development - by: sterennphilippe http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/20697-working-group-1-capacity-development-take-part-in-susanas-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-19-21-march-example-article-on-capacity-development#20697 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/20697-working-group-1-capacity-development-take-part-in-susanas-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-19-21-march-example-article-on-capacity-development#20697
Your expertise is needed!

SuSanA has announced an Edit-a-thon to commemorate World Water Day and to improve WASH-related Wikipedia articles. Educating the public is critical to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal Number 6 (SDG6): "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all".

Therefore, this event is taking place:

What: World Water Day Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon
When: 19-20 March 2017
Where: Wherever you and your computer are.
Who: You can contribute solo, or work with a group of friends.
Why you? You are committed to achieving SDG6.
Why now? Achieving water and sanitation for all requires educating and informing all stakeholders. Wikipedia is the 5th most often visited website in the world.

Next steps for you:
1. Register your interest by replying in this thread and posting “Yes, I’m interested!” to this thread.
2. Look at the list of suggested articles to work on below, and provide your feedback or comments. Which article would you like to work on?
3. Have a look at what the other working groups will work on here: forum.susana.org/component/kunena/213-wo...clock-together#20524
4. Learn to edit Wikipedia articles by giving it a go (this page can get you started: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Sanitation) and by viewing short videos which we will post here next week: forum.susana.org/component/kunena/213-wo...d-the-clock-together

What if I can’t make it on 19-20 March?
No problem. You can edit Wikipedia anytime. Please let us know what you’re working on. This effort is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to SuSanA. The project team wants to know how many SuSanA members contribute to the Edit-a-Thon.

What if I don’t have a reliable internet connection?
As an editor you can help in so many ways. Write new content. Improve existing content. Correct errors. Add images. Add references with links.

What if I have more questions?
Just ask. We want to make it easy for you.

Let’s pull together for SDG6! Please join this Edit-a-thon.

Kind regards,

Sterenn Philippe and Dorothee Sphuler
Working Group 1 leads

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Wikipedia articles that WG members could work on:

List of abbreviations used in sanitation
Failures of water supply and sanitation systems
Sustainable Development Goals
Capacity building
Knowledge Management

... Your ideas?]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:37:33 +0000
Re: Meeting of Working Group 1 at the FSM4 Conference in Chennai, India (between the 19th and 23rd of February) - by: seshadri http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/20410-meeting-of-working-group-1-at-the-fsm4-conference-in-chennai-india-between-the-19th-and-23rd-of-february#20512 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/20410-meeting-of-working-group-1-at-the-fsm4-conference-in-chennai-india-between-the-19th-and-23rd-of-february#20512 WG 1 (Capacity development) Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:14:10 +0000 Re: Meeting of Working Group 1 at the FSM4 Conference in Chennai, India (between the 19th and 23rd of February) - by: Eddy251 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/20410-meeting-of-working-group-1-at-the-fsm4-conference-in-chennai-india-between-the-19th-and-23rd-of-february#20504 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/20410-meeting-of-working-group-1-at-the-fsm4-conference-in-chennai-india-between-the-19th-and-23rd-of-february#20504
Regards,
Eddy]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:42:53 +0000
Re: Meeting of Working Group 1 at the FSM4 Conference in Chennai, India (between the 19th and 23rd of February) - by: eshaylor http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/20410-meeting-of-working-group-1-at-the-fsm4-conference-in-chennai-india-between-the-19th-and-23rd-of-february#20489 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/20410-meeting-of-working-group-1-at-the-fsm4-conference-in-chennai-india-between-the-19th-and-23rd-of-february#20489
For those of you attending FSM 4 there will a meeting for WG1 on Monday 20th at 1830 at the Checkers Hotel thecheckershotel.com/

The meeting will last no more than 2 hours and light refreshments will be provided. The agenda is as follows:

1. The expectation and potential contributions from members for the WG. The aim is to fine-tune the previously announced new WG objectives (forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-...capacity-development )
2. A capacity development space on the SuSanA website
3. Methodology to collect and collate members capacity development resources and activities (e.g. training, workshops, courses)

I look forward to meeting some of you there.

Regards
Esther]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:46:34 +0000
Meeting of Working Group 1 at the FSM4 Conference in Chennai, India (between the 19th and 23rd of February) - by: eshaylor http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/20410-meeting-of-working-group-1-at-the-fsm4-conference-in-chennai-india-between-the-19th-and-23rd-of-february#20410 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/20410-meeting-of-working-group-1-at-the-fsm4-conference-in-chennai-india-between-the-19th-and-23rd-of-february#20410
We would like to invite you to a short meeting for those interested in our group to be held in Chennai during the FSM4 conference. The venue and date are to be announced based on the level of interest shown by members to participate.

The meeting will last 1.5 to 2 hours including time for networking but also to discuss some key topics that are central to the WGs future direction:
  1. The expectation and potential contributions from members for the WG. The aim is to fine-tune the previously announced new WG objectives (forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-...capacity-development )
  2. A capacity development space on the SuSanA website
  3. Methodology to collect and collate members capacity development resources and activities (e.g. training, workshops, courses)

Could all members who would be able to participate in a meeting between the 19th and 23rd of February in Chennai please register your interest here: www.susana.org/en/registration-23rd-susana-meeting

Kind regards
Dorothee Spuhler (WG1 Lead), Sterenn Philippes (WG1 Lead) and Esther Shaylor (WG support person)]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:28:51 +0000
Re: SuSanA’s contribution to the Agenda 2030 - WG1 position paper (final draft for comments) - by: sterennphilippe http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/19823-susanas-contribution-to-the-agenda-2030-wg1-position-paper-final-draft-for-comments#20226 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/19823-susanas-contribution-to-the-agenda-2030-wg1-position-paper-final-draft-for-comments#20226
Good point! It can be difficult to distinguish between project outcomes with and without an education component. CAWST has had success doing this by using the Kirkpatrick Framework to set up an evaluation of an education program. The Kirkpatrick framework breaks down the evaluation into four parts reaction, learning, behaviour, and results as outlined in the table below:

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The participants reaction and learning can be measured immediately after a training. Behaviour and results are often evaluated six to 12 months after education and training. It is easier to attribute the reaction, learning and to some extent the behaviour to the training. With results we accept that there are multiple influencing factors and that training is just one of many contributions.

By breaking down the outcomes in this way you can measure the outcomes of your education and training, and find ways to improve.

We are expected to upload our new Evaluating Education And Training materials onto our WASH resources website in February. I will update WG1 when we do.

Sterenn]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:09:46 +0000
Re: SuSanA’s contribution to the Agenda 2030 - WG1 position paper (final draft for comments) - by: ddiba http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/19823-susanas-contribution-to-the-agenda-2030-wg1-position-paper-final-draft-for-comments#20210 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/19823-susanas-contribution-to-the-agenda-2030-wg1-position-paper-final-draft-for-comments#20210 A number of interesting points have been raised in reaction to the draft position paper including;
(1) Creating a standard curriculum and hands-on guidebook (in multiple languages) for training on-site sanitation construction workers/entrepreneurs
(2) Translating key capacity development documents from English into other languages
(3) Developing Mentorship schemes
(4) Establish a Cap Dev section on the SuSanA webpage were different capacity resources can be easily accessed
(5) Identify gaps in the capacity development activities and start thinking about how to fill those.
(6) Emphasising and creating space for youth to engage in the sanitation development agenda at all levels
(7) Develop a database of sustainable sanitation research questions, divided by lab/desk study; duration; bachelor or master level etc.
(8 ) Working more closely with local vocational training authorities
(9) Tailoring the training content not only to the local context, but also to the educational and professional level of the participants.
(10) Creating training programs for trainers, in how to conduct a training and how to use the most appropriate methods to teach a lesson.
(11) Developing a compilation of tools and methodologies that can be used to measure the effectiveness of capacity development and engaging e.g. MSc students on the same for thesis project.

I think that there is good momentum to start with and the challenge now is to ensure that this momentum doesn't just die off and remain in words but translates into action. While it may or may not be possible to include all the details of the action steps in the position paper, I suggest that we could set up a meeting online or discuss here on the forum a clear ACTION PLAN for each year for the Working Group. We can ensure that the action plan is in line with the position paper's ideas and the overall SuSanA Vision 2030 document and that it sets out specific tasks to be accomplished within every 12 month period and also assign specific Working Group members to spearhead each task. This way, we can ensure that we live out the ideals set forth in the position paper. As for the comments, I suggest we wrap them up over the coming couple of weeks so that the paper is ready to be commissioned/launched by FSM4.

Regards,
Daniel]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:55:38 +0000
Re: SuSanA’s contribution to the Agenda 2030 - WG1 position paper (final draft for comments) - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/19823-susanas-contribution-to-the-agenda-2030-wg1-position-paper-final-draft-for-comments#20175 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/19823-susanas-contribution-to-the-agenda-2030-wg1-position-paper-final-draft-for-comments#20175
Thanks for your comments and feedback!
A few questions and comments back

1) Professional development plans / mentorship schemes
The mentorship schemes was just an idea - we were use that in cewas. I am not sure what you mean with templates? Should that be documents that potential mentors use as a guideline how to mentor?

2) Monitoring / measuring capacity development
Measuring capacity development outcomes (in long term) is a very difficult tasks which is hardly undertaken (also because of a lack of appropriate funding schemes for such activities - they are at a first view quite unsexy). IWA and CAWST have some experience and Sterenn might want to say a few words more on that. We just suggested some methods that could be used and I just thought of one more: Qualitative Comparitive Analysis (QCA) could also be applied.... Maybe we could start with a some student studies (e.g. Master thesis etc.) to look at the applicability of such methods to monitoring capacity development by case study assessment?

3) Research idea questions for students
Great idea: we are thinking of a revamp of the capacity development section and this could be easily implemented. We will invite WG members to help us for the design of the section and please remember us of that idea!

Cheers, Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:32:09 +0000
Re: SuSanA’s contribution to the Agenda 2030 - WG1 position paper (final draft for comments) - by: MRonteltap http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/19823-susanas-contribution-to-the-agenda-2030-wg1-position-paper-final-draft-for-comments#20075 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/19823-susanas-contribution-to-the-agenda-2030-wg1-position-paper-final-draft-for-comments#20075
I read the paper with great interest, and put some feedback as comments and corrections in the paper.

A few things:
"Regarding this, the use of professional development plans and mentorship schemes could be valuable. To promote motivation, certificates are a necessary tool of recognition."
I really like this idea! Can we think of providing a template of the development plans and mentorship schemes on Susana.org?

On the same page it says: The overall results of educational training can be measured and observed through changes in the project outcomes. That's also a nice idea, but how can this ever be practically applied? It will be hard to distinguish between project outcomes with and without an educational component, I think?

And one last thing I mentioned some time ago: it would be nice to include like a database of sustainable sanitation research questions, divided by lab / desk study; duration; bachelor or master level, something like that. I think that can in general help boost the thinking of research questions in this field.]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:09:05 +0000
Re: SuSanA’s contribution to the Agenda 2030 - WG1 position paper (final draft for comments) - by: DennisW http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/19823-susanas-contribution-to-the-agenda-2030-wg1-position-paper-final-draft-for-comments#20031 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/19823-susanas-contribution-to-the-agenda-2030-wg1-position-paper-final-draft-for-comments#20031
I like the position paper, although I agree with Krishan that at some points this needs to be filled with detail and life. But therefore, it is a position paper.

I specifically like and agree to the aspects of
- Engaging young people
- Tailoring programs to the local context and the needs of benificiaries
- Importance of assessing the effectiveness of implemented trainings

I see an urgent need to work with local vocational training authorities. The aspect of certifying courses is mentioned, but it is not really made clear who certifies and what is it actually that is certified.
Therefore, I see the necessity that sector players engage with aforementioned local authorities with the aim of establishing training institutions.

BORDA Africa started to develop a Biogas Curriculum in the last year which is intended to be a training program for biogas plant construction, operations and maintenance. In a later stage the curriculum is to be extended to other DEWATS modules.
A training structure, comprising of different modules, chapters and lessons was developed and theoretical and practical sessions for each lesson were developed.
3 different try out trainings were conducted in Lesotho, Tanzania and Zambia. Additionally, final training exams were developed and conducted. Participants had a veriety of educational and professional backgrounds ranging from commercial biogas end user, system care taker, system administrator, bricklayer, masons to technicians.
Unfortunately, it was not possible to try out the entire construction phase at this stage.

Following were the key lessons learned:
- The practical hands-on sessions gave the participants a way better understanding and insight in the taught topics.
- The training content has to be tailored not only to the local context, but also to the educational and professional level of the participants. Here, a balance needs to be striked to still use appropriate terms and expressions, but using a language that trainees of all levels are able to understand. Tailoring the content to different levels requires different course levels and certification levels (e.g. caretaker, bricklayer, mason, technician), which also requires additional work for the trainers and training developers.
- The trainers need to be trained in how to conduct a training and how to use most appropriate methods to teach a lesson.
- The final exams can be used to assess the understanding, but it has to be assured that the content is put into regular practice to prevent that participants forget it after time. Furthermore, it has to be assured that participants do not struggle to pass the test purely because of language barriers. Therefor oral exams can be offered.

Looking forward to fruitful outcomes and collaborations on this ambitious topic.

Regards,
Dennis]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:16:36 +0000
Re: Addressing the lack of trained professional to reach the post-2015 agenda - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18874-addressing-the-lack-of-trained-professional-to-reach-the-post-2015-agenda-meeting-in-august-2016#19989 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18874-addressing-the-lack-of-trained-professional-to-reach-the-post-2015-agenda-meeting-in-august-2016#19989
Thank you for the quick reaction on the position paper.
Your questions are very relevant and we tried to address those in the position paper that resulted from the workshop. Please have a look here: forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-...l-draft-for-comments

Regarding your last question on how to access all knowledge products in an easy way: we think that there is non one solution neither, but that different groups of people have different needs on how to access material or support tools. But definitely, the internet and the new formats of e-Learning coming up are a good way to largely disseminate open-source information in a user friendly format.
We are currently also planning to make a survey among WG1 members to get more information on who is doing what and we hope to get some support for this from the secretariat. The aim is to:
(1) Establish a Cap Dev section on the webpage were different capacity resources can be easily access
(2) Identify gaps in the capacity development activities and start thinking about how to fill those.

Cheers, Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Thu, 05 Jan 2017 12:49:25 +0000