Let's Get Sustainable! Peace Corps Tools for Community-Driven Change

Grapple with the local language, communicate value to stakeholders, help create sustainable change in the face of zero buy in... Is a Peace Corps volunteer really an Agile Coach? In this talk, explore Peace Corps project planning tools to root your Agile coaching in sustainability by helping teams brainstorm and plan their own improvements.

Peace Corps volunteers serve for a short 27 months, so it is vital that all grant money and on-the-ground projects empower the local community to self-organize, buy-in, and create a long-term impact. Like Agile coaching, volunteer service is grounded in shaping sustainable change. Whether it is creating farm infrastructure, organizing youth development or building health outreach programs, successful projects must take on a life of their own through the local community.

Take away an overview of team activities like asset mapping, pairwise ranking, seasonal calendaring, and the assessment tools of Participatory Analysis for Community Action to bring sustainability to help the community drive their own change.

 
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Outline/Structure of the Lightning Talk

This quick talk is an intro, a survey of 7 practical activities that can be immediately put into use, and a summary of key takeaways.

Learning Outcome

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the impact of a local counterpart to gain organizational buy-in
  • Understand the importance of strength-based development and recognizing assets
  • Facilitate specific team activities to focus coaching on sustainability
  • These activities include the following unique-to-Peace Corps assessment and project planning methods:
    • Participatory Analysis for Community Action (PACA) (Team-based analysis & assessment)
    • Asset & Deficit Mapping
    • Desires, Needs or Problems Matrix
    • Feasibility Testing
    • Seasonal Calendaring
    • Community Mapping
    • Pairwise Ranking

Target Audience

Agile coaches, team leads

Prerequisites for Attendees

Topics in this session are relevant to all audiences. There are no prerequisites other than a curiosity about building sustainable change.

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