Frequently Asked Questions

Development Project Management Institute

When is DPMI offered?

There are four annual offerings:

DPMI 2015 Dates:

2015

1.) January 5-23, 2015 (Monterey, California)

2.) January 12-22, 2015 (Rwinkwavu, Rwanda--Partners in Health)

3.) May 18 - June 5, 2015 (Monterey, California)

4.) May 25 - June 12, 2015 (Washington, DC)

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When is the application deadline?

Summer Session Application Deadlines:

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis through May 2. Apply early to guarantee your spot!


Winter Session Application Deadlines: 

Early Review: October 1 (Decision by October 15)

Regular Admission: October 31 (Decision by November 5)

Applications received from qualified applicants after these deadlines may be accepted if space is available.  Once accepted for the program, a deposit is due to reserve your space. Contact dpmi@miis.edu for more information. 

How do I apply?

Apply to the DPMI program by following the link below and applying online.

DPMI Training (any location)

DPMI Plus (MIIS students only---internship program)

What are the application requirements? Am I eligible?

If you are an enrolled Monterey Institute student, you may simply fill out the online application and submit it electronically. Additional materials are required of non Monterey Institute students, including a personal statement, resume or CV, and an unofficial transcript.

Participants who have completed at least two years of undergraduate work, and have a demonstrated interest in international development are welcomed to apply to the DPMI training. This program is for junior professionals, career-changers, advanced undergraduates, and graduate students.

Note: DPMI Plus is only available to DPMI participants enrolled at the Monterey Institute in a full-time graduate degree program.

If I am not a US citizen or Green Card holder, do I need to apply for a student visa?

Yes, all participants in MIIS non-degree training programs have to maintain a visa status that allows for study. Please contact visas@miis.edu to discuss the J-1 and F-1 student visa options. 

All accepted and deposited applicants, will be contacted by the Monterey Institute Office of International Student Services to begin the I-20 application process. 

Is there an English proficiency requirement?

We recognize that many of our international students come to the Monterey Institute with sophisticated language backgrounds. Terms like "native-speaker," "fluent," or "bilingual" often do not accurately reflect the rich backgrounds of our students.

In order to maintain the quality and integrity of the Monterey Institute experience, we recommend that non-native English speaking candidates have a high English language proficiency.

Recommended minimum language test scores:

TOEFL:

  • Internet-based test: 79
  • Writing sub-score: 23
  • No sub-scores below 19

IELTS:

  • 6.5 Overall
  • No Sub-score below 6.0

Note: Test scores not required. 

Please contact Carolyn Meyer at cmeyer@miis.edu if you are a non-native English speaker and have questions about your English proficiency and participation in this training. 

What is the content of DPMI?

Module #1: Managing Development Projects - Participants learn about the project cycle and how to analyze project opportunities. They become proficient in using the Results Framework, related tools and advanced software to guide project design and monitoring. They also learn how to use indicators to assess project performance. During the module, students use country data to create a project and accompanying monitoring plan that is consistent with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). View 2-minute video on pedagogy for this module.   

Module #2: Social Entrepreneurship and 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 simulation. 

Module #3: 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.Topics covered include participatory development methods, techniques of facilitating adult learning, needs assessments, adult learning practices, community mobilization, stakeholder negotiation, conflict mediation, and the training of trainers. This module will also touch on how issues of power present themselves in adult learning and development settings. You will acquire the skills and sensitive tenacity to create more inclusive, participatory learning environments.

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:

The Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation Institute/Kenya program combines instruction, field visits, team-designed projects for client organizations (the Omega Foundation and a group of its NGO grantees), and readings. These elements are blended together to give program participants an in-depth understanding of the complexities of designing, delivering and monitoring projects that address the challenges that development organizations face in expanding educational opportunities for the populations they serve. Participants will work side-by-side with Kenyan professionals from leading NGOs to design innovative solutions that address local priorities. Learners will gain skills in fostering participatory development (with a thematic focus on education),  leading change, measuring progress, crafting attractive funding proposals, and using monitoring data to communicate results.

By the program's conclusion, participants will be able to:

  • Use a professionally recognized set of tools, techniques, and approaches to design a funding proposal that incorporates best practices for addressing a priority challenge related to education or general well-being 
  • Design a simple monitoring framework for this project  
  • Create a facilitated event plan to engage stakeholders  
  • Create an exit strategy, sustainability plan and implementation plan the project  
  • Incorporate a design thinking perspective into the project 
  • Create a working environment that builds social capital
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What types of tools will be covered?

Deliverables*

*Subject to variation

Module One

-Problem Tree

-Results Framework

-Project Design Summary

-Indicator Worksheet with baseline and target values

Module Two

-Core Competency Map

-Strategic Partnership Matrix

-Developing an Alliance and Industry Innovation

Module Three

-Participatory Development Facilitation Plan

-Facilitation Methods (Power Cube, Identity Wheel, Card and Chart, and more)

-Adult Learning For Social Change Strategy


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What materials are required for the course?

Pre-readings will be supplied in electronic form to admitted students one month prior to the course.

A course website will also be provided with links to readings. Additional handouts and materials will be distributed in class.

Participants are required to bring a laptop to each session. 

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Can I receive credit for DPMI?

Students may choose to take the DPMI training for 3 or 6 units of academic credit from the Monterey Institute and the DPMI Plus practicum/internship course for 6 units. DPMI Rwanda is offered as a 4 unit course. IEM/MPA students can take a 3-unit DPMI Plus course in conjunction with the IEM practicum. Regular Monterey Institute tuition rates apply for academic credit and the $1,500 certificate fee is still required.

Students who successfully complete DPMI and wish to obtain additional academic credit for their experience (up to 12 units) may do so if they enroll in specially designated classes for DPMI participants at the Monterey Institute. These classes, for which regular academic tuition must be paid, engage participants in projects that are applications of DPMI module content. Projects may be completed on- or off-campus as there are no formal class meetings. Work is done under the supervision of a DPMI faculty member for a pass-fail grade (although under special circumstances a letter grade is awarded.)


Eligibility for DPMI Directed Study:

In order to register for DPMI directed study units, a student must have satisfactorily completed all DPMI program requirements:

1) Complete all assigned pre-readings
2) Attend all scheduled class meetings
3) Complete the written assignment required for the DPMI Certificate of Completion (i.e., the 3-5-page Statement of Development Philosophy).

Registration for DPMI 8698 A, DPMI 8698 B, and DPMI 8650A (DPMI Plus) courses should be completed through the regular registration process in Bannerweb.

DPMI Directed Study Courses (DPMI 8698):
DPMI participants may enroll in either one or two DPMI directed study courses or the new DPMI Rwanda course. Although both courses carry the same number (DPMI 8698), the course titles that appear on a student's transcript differ. The first DPMI 8698 course (Foundations of Development Project Management) is a prerequisite for the second DPMI 8698 offering (Applied Development Project Management). In other words, students may not enroll in Applied Development Project Management unless they have already completed Foundations of Development Project Management or are concurrently enrolled in it.

Important note: Students who have completed DPMI training may enroll in DPMI 8698 (A and/or B) during the semester of their choice. Enrollment is not limited to the semester immediately following participation in the DPMI training. For some students, it may be advantageous to bundle DPMI 8650, DPMI 8698 A and DPMI 8698 B into a single semester for a total of 12 units. This is especially recommended for students who plan to enroll in DPMI 8650 during a summer session.

DPMI 8698 A-Foundations of Development Project Management (3 credits)
Requires completion and submission of deliverables for Module I and the 5-page Statement of Development Philosophy. Students enrolled in this course during the summer should submit links to their work to Beryl Levinger and dpmi@miis.edu by the last day of classes for the semester of enrollment. You must also provide the link to your work on the course wiki. Students registered in the fall, spring, or summer semesters should submit a link to their work by the end of the semester in which they are enrolled.

Deliverables for both modules should be presented using any one (but only one) of the following technologies: Weebly (recommended), Google Sites, or Wix. Please use the same technology to present all your deliverables. Be sure that your work is made public so that anyone can view it.

Your deliverables need not be uniquely your work. When you are working on team projects (e.g., the Results Framework), you may present the work you did with other team members. You are, however, strongly encouraged to improve or enhance the group's product so that you have a portfolio that represents your best work and that is worthy of sharing with a future employer.

DPMI 8698 B-Applied Development Project Management (3 credits)
Requires completion and submission of deliverables for Modules II and III in the same presentation site used for Module I. Due dates are the same as above.

DPMI Rwanda (DPMI 8XXX 4 units)-This course focuses on gender, health, HIV, and social marketing. The course takes place at Partners in Health in Rwanda and includes a client project.

DPMI+/Development Project Practicum (DPMI 8650, 6 credits) Note: 3 credit option available for IEM/MPA students
The Development Project Practicum is an academic and professional program in which students complete professional assignments (typically three to seven months) with an organization that they have helped identify. The practicum is designed to afford students the opportunity to apply DPMI tools, frameworks, and concepts in the field. Participants develop a set of negotiated deliverables which are reviewed and approved by Professor Levinger and Carolyn Meyer. Deliverables involve the application of DPMI tools, frameworks and concepts.

Students prepare 7-11 deliverables (4-7 deliverables for 3 unit option for IEM/MPA students) during DPMI Plus in addition to an organizational case study. Each deliverable must include an introductory, explanatory narrative report (2-3 pages) that provides contextual information and a rationale for whatever decisions are implicitly embedded in the work product. Graphics (e.g., problem trees, Results Frameworks, core competency maps) must be accompanied by a significant narrative text that justifies (with data) and explains what you are presenting. Stand-alone graphics are not acceptable as DPMI+ deliverables. The narrative report should also explain how the deliverable relates to the DPMI curriculum (i.e., which specific tools, concepts or frameworks are being applied as well as a rationale for why these are appropriate to your organization's context).

Because DPMI+ focuses on the application of tools, concepts and frameworks presented during the 3-week DPMI training program, it’s a good idea when planning your deliverables to review this wiki where you will find all the material that was covered during each module.

While deliverables vary considerably among students, a satisfactory set of deliverables might include an annotated problem tree with supporting data; an annotated Results Framework with measurable indicators; en exit strategy for a complex development initiative; an outreach strategy that is designed to build an enabling environment for a set of development objectives; a comprehensive intervention design that is consistent with a Results Framework; a "preferred practice" tool that is appropriate to the specific context of your DPMI+ placement; the design of a training module that fosters participatory development; a video of a participatory stakeholder session that you conducted; a detailed presentation of a process you designed to engage stakeholders in a change process; design of a participatory needs assessment; an organizational core competency map; a strategic partnership plan; or, a community or organizational asset map. Each of these deliverables would, of course, be accompanied by a 2-3 page explanatory narrative report.

Students must also create a case study that examines some DPMI-related issues confronting the organization in which they are carrying out their professional activities. These issues may include project design; project monitoring; training; stakeholder participation; strategic partnering; social entrepreneurship; and innovation. Please refer to this PowerPoint presentation for required content and one possible format. This case study includes a 1-3 page reflection on the fellow's overall DPMI Plus experience.

While grading is on a pass/fail basis, please note that work that is the equivalent of less than a B, will be given a failing grade. Your work should reflect approximately 90 hours of preparation time (including preparation of all deliverables, narrative reports and the case study).

For more information, please contact us.

What is the cost?

The DC and Monterey program fee is $2,500. 

Monterey Institute and Middlebury students and alumni can participate at the internal rate of $1,500.

The program fee covers the cost of instruction, materials, and supplies for the course as well as Monday breakfast and receptions. 

Other costs to consider include room and board, transportation to and from Monterey or DC, and access to a laptop during the training. 

The DPMI Rwanda training program free is $1,400 for MIIS students and alumni and $2,500 for all other participants. Fee covers the cost of instruction, lodging, site visit transportation, and 1-3 meals per day as well as group excursion costs.  Some scholarships are available. MIIS students are eligible to apply for immersive learning funding through Student Council.

The DPMI Kenya fee is $1,400 for MIIS students and $2,500 for all other participants. The fee covers lodging, local transportation, and instruction, as well as 1-2 group meals per day. 

DPMI Rwanda and DPMI Kenya participants should also budget for airfare, visa, vaccinations, medicine, some meals, and miscellaneous costs such as lodging in the capital city (if applicable).

Is there financial aid available for the DPMI program?

There are no scholarships at this time for DPMI. However, you may be eligible to receive US Federal Financial Aid in the form of loans to cover the certificate fee. If you are a Monterey Institute student, please see the Office of Student Financial Planning to learn more about your individual options.  Only students who choose to take DPMI for academic credit will be eligible for financial aid.

Past participants have also independently secured outside scholarships to cover the costs of the program. Some who are currently working for development organizations have applied directly to their places of work for reimbursement of the training fee and associated living and transportation expenses (if applicable). Please contact dpmi@miis.edu if you would like a program support letter that you can present to your employer. 

Are the sessions taught with the same content/instructors?

All three full offerings are taught by the same instructors, and the skills practiced in the course are the same although the development context may change.  The Rwanda 2014 offering is being taught by Dr Beryl Levinger and instructor, Marie Kagaju Laugharn.

What is the difference between DPMI Plus, IPSS, and FMS?

So what is the difference between IPSS, DPMI Plus, and FMS?

Hint--It's in the details.

When deciding whether to do IPSS, DPMI Plus, or FMS, students should consider the following:

1) Which training program(s) should I complete?

The DPMI program provides participants with practical training in development project management, social entrepreneurship and strategic partnering, and facilitating participatory development. During the training, students learn new technologies used in the development field, work in teams representing various non-governmental organizations that are selected, ad hoc, during the program, and facilitate simulated trainings among their peers. By the end of the training, participants will have acquired a unique set of tools and techniques that they can apply in the field.

The IPSS pre-departure training covers organizational analysis, consulting techniques, technical skills, applied research design, and professional preparation and communication workshops.  The training is designed by Dr. Mahabat Baimyrzaeva, with workshops led by different experts. IPSS fellows present their final work to their peers during the final part of their internships and then meet remotely with a faculty panel for feedback. Projects can be done individually or in teams. 

The Frontier Market Scouts 12-day certificate training in social enterprise management and impact investing is offered in January and May/June each year. The training covers designing a business model, introduction to social entreprise and impact investing, scaling high-impact social enterprises, and social enterprise management and due-diligence. 

2) What is the difference in the application processes?

Application standards are approximately the same. All programs seek students who have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA at the Institute. 

DPMI Plus participants should apply online a minimum three months prior to their desired start date. Dr. Levinger and Carolyn Meyer review all applications.

The IPSS application process is also online. Applications are due nearly a year in advance (in late March for the subsequent spring class). Students who make it to the second round of the IPSS application process, will be asked to complete a writing assignment in which they complete a problem analysis excercise. This exercise simulates a task that most IPSS students will need to complete while on assignment. Dr. Baimyrzaeva, Carolyn Meyer, and a faculty/staff panel review all applications.

Frontier Market Scout students should apply by August 8 (early review) or September 5 (regular admission) for January and February trainings and subsequent 2-12 month field program. Scouts interested in the summer training and February-December field program should apply by February 7 (early review) and March 7 (regular review).

3) Which faculty member would be most suited to supervise my field research?

All DPMI Plus projects are supervised by Dr. Beryl Levinger, the DPMI academic director.

During an IPSS assignment, fellows will work with Dr. Mahabat Baimyrzaeva and other relevant faculty members to define and create their IPSS projects.

FMS students in the MPA program will work with the MPA capstone advisor and take the MPA capstone course while on assignment. FMS students from other degree programs may complete a field course with Dr. Yuwei Shi or Dr. Fredric Kropp. Many MIIS students complete the FMS field program for no credit. 

4) What are the deliverables for each of the programs? How are the deliverables graded?

DPMI

The 3-week DPMI training is worth 3-6 units of credit. The DPMI Plus field course is worth 6 units of credit and may fulfill the MPA capstone requirement and a seminar requirement. There is a $1,500 program fee for MIIS students to complete the DPMI certificate training.

Training: Each of the three weeks has a different set of deliverables that pertain to the type of work done that week. All students that wish to receive a certificate of completion for the DPMI program are required to submit a comprehensive development philosophy statement that reflects on themes and concepts discussed during the three week training. Projects are reviewed on a pass-fail basis.

Field Course: Students should propose approximately 7-11 deliverables for the DPMI Plus course by the third week of their internship. These deliverables should relate to the skills presented during the DPMI training and might include an indicator plan, core competency matrix, partnership strategy matrix, baseline survey, logical framework analysis, etc. Students will also need to complete a cover sheet for each deliverable and one case study report that includes a 1-2 page reflection. There is no program fee for the DPMI Plus field course, however, regular tuition fees apply.

IPSS

The IPSS program includes five optional 1-unit professional skills workshops in January  followed by a 6-unit capstone course from February-August. IPSS professional skills workshops are open to all MIIS students, but spots are reserved for IPSS fellows. The IPSS field course includes an applied project,  reflection paper, and taped presentation. Letter grades are assigned for the IPSS field course, but January workshops are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis. There is not program fee for the January workshops, however regular tuition rates apply.

FMS

Training: MIIS students can take the FMS training for no credit or 1-6 units (5 workshops at 1 unit apiece and a 1-unit directed study option with Yuwei Shi). Completion of all workshops are required before completing a field assignment. MIIS students can take the FMS training as a certificate program for a program fee of $2,000.

Field Program: Frontier Market Scouts field placements are for 2-12 months. Field placements start around July and February each year. MIIS students may take the training and complete the field program in a subsequent semester if approved by FMS team.

5) How much peer support and pre-departure preparation would I like to have prior to starting my professional service assignment?

DPMI Plus participants develop a strong set of professional contacts through the three-week, intensive training, although only a small percentage of participants from a specific training will be departing on DPMI Plus assignments at the same time. Students can stay in touch through email and social-networking sites.

IPSS January workshops have the added benefit of helping students build a peer support network prior to departing for their IPSS assignment.  IPSS brings together a group of peers working across a broad range of policy sectors, thereby giving students broader exposure to different policy fields. Most of the participants in the January IPSS workshops are also planning to complete an IPSS internship/job.

Frontier Market Scouts participate in a training that includes Scouts headed on assignments as well as those only participating in the training. Participants are exposed to a number of guest speakers and experts in the field. A majority of participants in this program are not current Monterey Institute students. 

6) When do I want to complete a professional service assignment?

DPMI Plus is offered spring, summer, and fall (or any combination of subsequent semesters) and can range in length from 3-9 months (May-January being the longest range). Some students completing DPMI Plus during the "summer semester" can graduate with 60 credits one season ahead of schedule if they take the maximum amount of credits offered for DPMI and DPMI Plus and are not required to return to Monterey. Regular tuition costs for 60 units (One degree program) apply. Note: financial aid is only awarded for four months (standard semester) or 3 months (summer semester) for DPMI Plus students. Participants choosing to complete an internship longer than four months should budget accordingly and not depend on financial aid to support themselves for month 5, 6, etc. Students may be able to register for 6 units in the summer and 6 units in the fall to lengthen their fellowship experience. DPMI Plus should be completed in your third or fourth semester.

IPSS is only offered January-August and lasts 5 -7 months. IPSS students are required to present their final project to a group of colleagues, tape this presentation and submit it to IPSS. The recorded presentation will be played for a group of faculty mentors as well as the fellow's IPSS research advisor in late August. The fellow will participate in a remote feedback session  with faculty after his or her presentation is shown. IPSS should be completed in your third or fourth semester. 

Frontier Market Scouts can complete field assignments February-July, July-August, or July-December (variable lengths may be accepted although six months is the norm). Students receive a minimum stipend of $250/month for up to six months.

7) What kind of career development approach do I prefer?

DPMI Plus assignments are most often secured by the student with document review and strategic support from their career adviser and the GSIPM Immersive Professional Learning and Special Programs Director. Certain DPMI Plus assignments are secured for students by DPMI staff if the student's internship interests match a contact of the DPMI Plus or career advising team. DPMI Plus staff work continually with students to ensure that an appropriate internship is secured and may contact an employer on behalf of the student to describe the DPMI Plus program and the student's credentials. DPMI Plus participants are expected to apply to relevant positions on their own as well.

Through the IPSS application process, students list his or her first, second, and third organization choice. IPSS staff and a fellow's career advisor provide organization contact hints and resources to empower the student in securing his or her IPSS organization. IPSS staff work continually with students to ensure that appropriate internship are secured, sometimes moving to a third or fourth organization choice.

Frontier Market Scouts are placed with social enterprises around the world (including the US). The placement matching process is managed by the FMS placement team, however, acceptance of the Scout's application and background by the partner social enterprise is required. Scouts are permitted to source their own placement for FMS. Placements are subject to review by FMS placement team.

Other Important Points to Consider:

  • 1) DPMI Plus is best suited for MPA and IPS students interested in international development or IEP students specifically interested in working in a program management capacity for international conservation NGOs.
  • 2.) MANPTS students prefer to do the IONP or IPSS program.
  • 3.) IPSS is best-suited for students seeking internships at think-tanks or large IGOs. 
  • 4.) FMS is open to MBA, MPA, IEP, and IPS students interested in social enterprise and impact investing. 
  • IPSS, DPMI Plus, and FMS field assignments can be paid.
  • IPSS and DPMI Plus assignments should be full time.
  • DPMI Plus assignments should be a minimum of 12 weeks with an organization that has at least three full-time, paid, staff members.
  • IPSS, DPMI Plus, and FMS assignments can be full-time jobs provided you are working in a position in your desired career field after graduation. In other words, you do not need to be on an internship.

For more information on DPMI Plus, IPSS, or FMS contact cmeyer@miis.edu or your career adviser. You can also visit http://go.miis.edu/dpmiplushttp://go.miis.edu/ipss, or http://go.miis.edu/fms.

What is the difference between the training program in Monterey, DC, Rwanda, and Kenya?

The Monterey and DC training curriculum is identical. Both training sites offer a three-week training covering project planning, facilitation and stakeholder engagement, and social entrepreneurship and strategic partnership. Training is 15 days and includes instruction by Dr. Beryl Levinger, Evan Bloom, and Seth Pollack.

DPMI Rwanda is a 10 day training of which 2-3 days are devoted to completing a client project for the world-famous Partners in Health and the Rwandan Ministry of Health. Content will cover project planning, facilitation, partnership, and social marketing but with a focus on education, health, and gender issues. The key difference between this program and the Monterey and DC trainings is the focus on social marketing and the integration of a real client project. Training is 10 days and includes instruction by Dr. Beryl Levinger and Marie Laugharn.

The Rwandan training focuses on the use and mastery of tools and frameworks that represent “embedded theory.” Tool mastery will prepare participants to foster sustainable development. The tools to be featured in the program are widely used by bilateral and multinational organizations including USAID, the World Bank, and UNDP.

The Rwandan program is a practicum and will include optional site visits to the Genocide memorial at Igisozi, the National Museum in Butare, and the Akagera National Park.

The Development Planning, Management and Innovation Institute/Kenya program combines instruction, field visits, team-designed projects for client organizations (the Omega Foundation and a group of its NGO grantees), and readings.

These elements are blended together to give program participants an in-depth understanding of the complexities of designing, delivering and monitoring projects that address the challenges that development organizations face in expanding educational opportunities for the populations they serve. Participants will work side-by-side with Kenyan professionals from leading NGOs to design innovative solutions that address local priorities.

Learners will gain skills in fostering participatory development (with a thematic focus on education), leading change, measuring progress, crafting attractive funding proposals, and using monitoring data to communicate results.