To build capacity at scale, we use a Training of Trainers model wherein we train civil service academies to incorporate our BCURE content into their syllabi. By doing this, we ensure that Harvard-designed content reaches a larger number of policymakers and builds a culture of evidence into institutions in a cost-effective manner.
Training of Trainers participants include instructors who teach at civil service or public policy training academies and others who teach policy practitioners such as university professors or lecturers.
Our Training of Trainers courses are about one week long. Harvard faculty and affiliates train participants in both the pedagogical techniques and content knowledge needed to implement trainings on evidence-use. This includes cutting edge pedagogy that allows instructors to customize content to their own audience and setting. Sample content includes:
- Complete demo session (digital module with accompanying in-class session)
- Teaching with blended learning, including incorporating learner data into teaching preparation and delivery
- Using real world examples to deepen understanding of broader data and evidence use principles
- Practice teaching sessions where participants practice teaching BCURE and receive peer and faculty feedback on their teaching
We recommend Training of Trainers workshops to be part of a larger engagement focused on our Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) program. Generally this includes both pilot trainings conducted by Harvard-EPoD affiliates and additional support for a longer-term program.
MEL hosted a Training of Trainers workshop equipping Moroccan instructors to teach EPoD’s BCURE curriculum.
Continued capacity building through LBSNAA integration of EPoD trainings.