The term ‘experiential learning’ is often mistakenly used to describe any learning experience that involves participatory activities. Yet, this misconception often fails to include real-world application of learning and therefore can fall short of lasting behavioural change. Experiential learning methodology is core to the Prospects psychosocial programme in Liberia, which builds ‘pre-employment skills’ in 3,500… Read More PRACTICE PAPER: Experiential Learning
Apprenticeship programmes hold the promise of smoothing the school-to-work transition through connecting unemployed youth with jobs, adding critical work experience to CVs, and building both soft skills and technical skills that can only be learned from practice. Particularly in contexts where technical or vocational training is weak, apprenticeships can be a vital step in preparing… Read More PRACTICE PAPER: PROSPECTS APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME – A guide to design and implementation
Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is a crucial component of programme management, used to satisfy a range of information needs for donors, implementers, and the wider development community alike. These information needs typically fall within one of two categories: information used to ‘prove’ an intervention’s activities, impact, or model; or information used to ‘improve’ programming, through… Read More PRACTICE PAPER: BUILT TO (IM)PROVE Leveraging realtime M&E for adaptive youth employment programming
Recognising that aid and development programming takes place in complex contexts, Mercy Corps is increasingly seeking to understand how best to manage programs which iterate, adapt and respond to the consistently evolving settings in which we work.… Read More PRACTICE PAPER: Adaptive Management in Practice
On 16th October 2015, Prospects’ Results, Learning and Research Manager, John Skelton, participated on a panel presentation, along with experts from John Snow Institute, at the Merl Tech conference in Washington, D.C. The conference brought together over 275 practitioners in the fields of M&E and technology. The panel discussed the design and use of dashboards and… Read More PRACTICE PRESENTATION: Dashboards – A Force for Good, Great, or Greater Confusion?
On 7 October 2015, Prospects’ Program Manager, Chris Maclay, presented at the Making Cents Youth Economic Opportunities Summit in Washington, D.C., on the topic ‘What does a Boutique Gym have in common with a Youth Employment Program?’ The Summit brings together over 460 key decision makers from 70 countries with the end goal of increasing… Read More PRACTICE PRESENTATION: What does a boutique gym have in common with a youth employment program?