Core Skills Development
Programme

Background information and content

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Management and Leadership
Skills Development Programme

Background information and content

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Download the Context
Programme Guide here

 

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Learning and Evaluation

Having run a Context programme it is important to distinguish between two types of information that the delivery process generates:

  • Information related to the running of programme components - such as the flow, the positives and negatives of each workshop session or module, the icebreaker tools, the content in the evaluation forms etc. This allows the coordinator and delivery staff to continuously reflect on and improve programme components and dynamics.
  • Information related to learning of the participants and ultimately the impact of the programme - Action Plans, correspondence about progress, the reports of coaches.

Learning never occurs in a vacuum. It is rare to exclusively attribute a skill and expertise - let alone field-based programme impact and organisational change - to a training course.

Evaluation of this type of programme is better suited to ‘outcome mapping’ rather than ‘impact assessment’. Outcome mapping does not try to attribute change; instead, it examines the logical links between interventions and results. It focuses on how the programme facilitates change, rather than how it causes change.

As with all evaluations, information gathering - and monitoring of the learning programme - must start at the very beginning of the process and be planned as part of the resourcing strategy. 

Please refer to Chapter 10 of the Programme Guide which explains in more detail other aspects of the learning and evaluation process.