Make me a Change Agent: An SBC Resource for WASH, Agriculture, and Livelihoods activities

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Make me a Change Agent: An SBC Resource for WASH, Agriculture, and Livelihoods activities

Dear all,
I'm sharing with you the recently finalized Make me a Change Agent: An SBC Resource for WASH, Agriculture, and Livelihoods activities  training manual available at :  https://www.fsnnetwork.org/make-me-change-agent-sbc-resource-wash-agriculture-and-livelihoods-activities  .  
This adapted Make Me a Change Agent (MMCA) training manual focuses on the training of trainers specifically for community-level workers and focuses on interventions related to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), agriculture, and livelihoods. This resource seeks to build the skills of community-level workers in order for them to promote behavior change in their communities and includes necessary skills that can help a development worker in any sector become more effective as an agent of behavior change. 

On this weblink you will also find a tips sheet for using this training manual during COVID-19 and also a document synthesizing lessons learned and results from piloting this training. 

Please reach out if you have any questions or feedback on this training manual.
Kind regards,
Nicole 
 
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Dear Nicole,
This is a fantastic resource and covers many aspects of training of trainers (ToT). I am particularly happy to see inclusion of a lesson on ‘communicating with empathy and respect'. I think this is often an overlooked aspect and its absence can derail well intentioned projects. I am adding the list of lessons from ToC below for easy reference.

I also like the way each lesson has been structured - a description of its importance, advance preparation required, practice tasks and handouts for demonstration activities. This structure can also be extremely useful for other ToT modules.   

List of lessons included in the module: (10 onwards are advanced lessons)
  1. Welcome and introduction
  2. Behaviour change (BC) through effective communication
  3. Communicating with empathy and respect
  4. BC through effective facilitation
  5. Negotiated BC
  6. Storytelling for BC
  7. Learning through cross site-visits
  8. Action planning
  9. Closing
  10. Introduction to Social and BC
  11. Understanding gender and gender bias
  12. Shared household roles and responsibilities
  13. Planning to facilitate and train others
  14. Quality Improvement and Verification Checklists (QIVCs),Giving and Receiving Feedback
  15. Creating Quality Improvement and Verification Checklists(QIVCs)
The acknowledgements and introduction mention that the module has been tested and benefited from it. Can you please elaborate on the context where it was tested and any feedback that you found particularly useful.

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Re: Make me a Change Agent: An SBC Resource for WASH, Agriculture, and Livelihoods activities

Hi Paresh,
Thanks so much for the kind feedback and agreed that empathy is a key skill in our line of work. We pilot tested this in DR Congo, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Uganda over the past year.  From the feedback, we were able to revise the exercises for greater clarity. And we heard  from participants interest in having multi-media content to accompany the training--something that we are still working on as working across different countries/contexts/languages makes making applicable multi-media more challenging. Another feedback we received was that this is a LOT of content to cover in one training....we usually build out a menu of lessons for a 5 day training and even that is a lot to take in--so we are exploring how to move some of the lessons to an online format that people could follow before a training (as prerequisites) or after (as refresher or advanced skills). We also heard from many participants interest in having a field component included in the training--going out and actually practicing the skills in their own project. We tried this in Ethiopia and it worked quite well--but you do need more facilitators to help organize and observe, if the goal is to provide coaching during this field component. 

We also wrote a lessons learned document with key results from post-training monitoring follow-up that we do at 3 and 6 months.  and lessons learned from the piloting process--it is attached and also available here:
https://www.fsnnetwork.org/sites/default/files/Lessons%20Learned_MMCA%20Trainings_FINAL_508_0.pdf  . 

We will also be doing an online "launch" on July 14th if you might be interested in attending where we will share more about the guide, piloting, results etc. Here is the registration link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-launch-make-me-a-change-agent-tickets-110803753008  
Feel free to reach out if you have more questions or feedback. Thanks, Nicole 

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Re: Make me a Change Agent: An SBC Resource for WASH, Agriculture, and Livelihoods activities

Thank so much Nicole,
This is a great tool for the public Health Agents on the field... 
LINJOUOM NCHOUTPOUEN
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Thanks so much for the message. We are having an online launch of this manual on Tuesday, July 14th in English and in French on Thursday, July 16th. If you are interested in attending this participatory webinar to learn more about how you can use Make me a Change Agent,  more information is available here: 

In English:  https://www.fsnnetwork.org/webinar-launch-make-me-change-agent
in French:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inscription-webinaire-de-lancement-faites-de-moi-un-agent-de-changement-110805199334
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Re: Upcoming launch on July 14th (English) and July 16th (French) on Make Me a Change Agent: An SBC Resource for WASH, Agriculture, and Livelihoods Activities

Communication, facilitation, and negotiation skills are fundamental for frontline field staff to support effective behavior change during their day-to-day activities. During COVID-19 program adaptations, these skills are even more crucial to build trust and facilitate the adoption of essential practices and behaviors.

USAID's Office of Food for Peace (FFP)-funded  SCALE  and  PRO-WASH  awards invite you to participate in an interactive webinar to dive into the  Make Me a Change Agent: An SBC Resource for WASH, Agriculture, and Livelihoods Activities  training manual, and discuss how these fundamental skills can improve your WASH, agriculture and livelihoods programming. This Make Me a Change Agent (MMCA) training manual—adapted from the original  Make Me a Change Agent: A Multisectoral SBC Resource for Community Workers and Field Staff  training guide, developed under the TOPS Program—builds the skills of community-level agriculture, livelihoods, and WASH workers for them to promote behavior change.

During this participatory, 90-minute session you will learn about the guide’s contents, its importance in promoting behavior change at the community level, and  key results  from its use across multiple countries. During small breakout groups, you will dive deeper into how MMCA skills can be used in your work, and their  applicability amidst COVID-19 programming adaptations . We invite you to hear from training participants and co-facilitators, managers of FFP-funded programs, and USAID/BHA representatives, and engage with colleagues interested in bringing these critical skills into WASH, agriculture, and livelihoods programming.

To learn more and to register visit:
English:  https://www.fsnnetwork.org/webinar-launch-make-me-change-agent
French:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inscription-webinaire-de-lancement-faites-de-moi-un-agent-de-changement-110805199334
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Re: Make me a Change Agent: An SBC Resource for WASH, Agriculture, and Livelihoods activities

Hi all,
We recently did a webinar launch for this tool. The recordings,presentations and videos have all been posted to the FSN Network in English  and in French.  Our new 2 minute promotional video on this topic is also available here.
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Re: Make me a Change Agent: An SBC Resource for WASH, Agriculture, and Livelihoods activities

thanks for the tool agent, its friend useful even in my area concerning hygiene and sanitation 
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Re: Make me a Change Agent: An SBC Resource for WASH, Agriculture, and Livelihoods activities

Dear Nicole,

thank you very much for the provision of this great and comprehensive training manual! 
In order to increase the reach of this document, we have now added the manual as well as links to the webinar launches in French and English to our SuSanA library:
www.susana.org/en/knowledge-hub/resource...library/details/3889  

Stay safe and healthy,

Finn
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