Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

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IPOL 8540

Social Sector Needs Assessment

This course introduces participants to a variety of tools and methodologies for participatory needs assessment in the context of poverty. The goal of this course is to develop and apply the fundamental needs and assets assessment skills necessary for a career in international development. The following topics will be covered:

1) An overview of Poverty, Social Change, Participation, and Asset-Based Development (including the importance of an Asset-Based approach in sustainable development; types of assets, including social capital);

2) An overview of participatory methods, tools, techniques and strategies applied in Asset Based Development activities.

3) Managing, leading, and encouraging participatory identification of needs and assets: how external facilitators interact with local participants and other stakeholder groups;

5) Country and sector specific discussions of needs and assets identification: education, health, democratization and governance, environment, gender equality, human rights are some sectors to be examined.

Lectures, discussions, description and application of tools and techniques for community level capacity assessment, as well as country case studies are part of the seminar design. This course is structured to help students gain an understanding in using a broad range of resources and tools that promote effective social sector assessment practices.

International Policy
International Policy
Intl Policy & Management
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