Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies

The curriculum of the Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation (DPMI) program encourages learning in a highly interactive, participatory, student-centered community.

Three Intensive Modules

DPMI Curriculum, Week 1, Picture

Designing & Managing Development Projects

Participants learn how to design and assess projects that foster sustainable development through tool mastery. Simulations and case study exercises help participants become familiar with the approach to project development that is widely used in bilateral and multinational organizations including USAID, the World Bank and UNDP.

DPMI Curriculum, Week 2, Picture

Social Entrepreneurship & Strategic Partnering

Participants, working within a context of social entrepreneurship, become proficient in the use of tools and techniques to conduct an analysis of vision and mission; identify core competencies; and forge strategic partnerships to enhance organizational effectiveness. Innovative software applications are introduced to support a challenging simulation.

DPMI Curriculum, Week 3, Picture

Facilitating Participatory Development

Participants master tools and skills needed to effectively assume the roles of facilitator, trainer, and change agent. Local human resource development is an important component in every development project. The module focuses on transferring skills to participants so they can conduct their own training programs.

Build Expertise

DPMI participants gain practical skills to manage development projects in a variety of contexts through intensive, hands-on activities linked to contemporary development challenges.

Project Samples

    • Problem Tree and Results Framework
    • Core Competency Mapping
    • Logical Framework
    • Facilitation Session Plan
    • Project Design Summary
    • Strategy Canvas

DPMI Rwanda: 

DPMI Rwanda will focus primarily on Module 1 – “Designing and Managing Development Projects” with elements of Modules 2 & 3 interwoven in the curriculum as well as new materials.  There will be six days of intensive classroom instruction followed by 2-3 days devoted to a “real-life” client project with a Rwanda-based organization, Partners in Health.

Participants will learn, through tool mastery, how to design and assess projects that foster sustainable development.  There is a focus on HIV, Public Health, and Gender issues in the Rwandan context. Training also covers social marketing as a public health tool. Simulations and case study exercises will help participants become familiar with the approach to project development that is widely used in bilateral and multinational organizations.

DPMI Kenya:

Participants will work with the DPMI faculty to explore in-depth the design and management of a development project of their choice. The training will be organized in two parts: 1) Different Design Approaches, and 2) Communicating a Design in a Compelling Way. They will learn a series of tools/approaches including:

  • Design Thinking: An approach to solving problems through ideation, selection and execution of solutions that ensures deep focus on the problem and root causes. 
  • Results Framework: A tool that allows users to articulate the overarching objectives of their proposed intervention and the causal pathway necessary for success
  • (Local) Systems Thinking: A way of understanding complex problems by looking at the relationships between various actors and activities.

They will also learn to apply a series of lenses to the design and management process:

  • Integration Lens: Recognizing that the lives of individuals and communities have multiple facets that all contribute towards overall quality of life.
  • Local Solutions Lens: Recognizing that local knowledge and expertise must be harnessed in order to achieve meaningful change.
  • Systems Lens:  Recognizing that all actors and interventions exist within a larger system that has the potential to positively or negatively impact results.

Participants will engage in political economy analysis, and discuss how to effectively engage with government and other actors. They will be introduced to the collective impact model, as well as the basic framework of “disruptive innovation.” Drawing the Minto Pyramid and other techniques, participants will learn how to communicate ideas in a compelling way to potential funders.

Locus partners will work together with MIIS professors to offer students the opportunity to enter into an internship within local Locus organizations following the course, where they can practically apply lessons learned. Participants successfully completing the DPMI training will receive a certificate from MIIS/Locus, and those successfully applying their new skills to a project will be eligible to receive DPMI Plus certification. 

If you'd like to add internship, please connect with Carolyn Taylor Meyer at cmeyer@miis.edu to discuss possibilities. We are currently sourcing short term 2-9 month opportunities in Nairobi, Kisumu, Uganda, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. They are both paid and unpaid. 

What DPMI Alumni Say about the Program

“I plan to use DPMI and all the skills I’ve learned in it to transform Southern African leadership in drastic ways. I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative, intelligent, and sophisticated people, all who I know will have sweeping impacts in the development world. DPMI has absolutely transformed my thinking. It catalyzed my creative thinking and aspirations in environmental policy and human capacity development into new heights.” - Burton Julius, IEP

“These three weeks have been so intense!  Out of everything though, I have been most impressed by my fellow participants. The ability to connect and learn from so many different, incredible minds has been absolutely priceless! The challenges of being open and of being accepting of other opinions has been a growing experience, but the take-away of new friendships, new knowledge and a network for new opportunities is absolutely invaluable! Thank you!” - Rachel Whitley, Social Services Sector