Enhanced Training for a Complex World

IPSI’s training methodology combines targeted lectures by top academics and practitioners with real-world practical and interactive exercises

  • Relevant, comprehensive, and efficient experiential training that includes strong simulations and one-on-one guidance.
  • Training is provided at the IPSI offices in DC (up to 15 participants) or on-location.
  • All training consists of modules tailored for specific context, ranging from half-day executive training to five-day deep immersion training.

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The training module familiarizes participants with concepts and skills that will allow them to enhance community resilience in vulnerable communities.

Course Objectives:

  • Explore and recognize modern tools and assessments to measure the levels of resilience in the community and gauge its strengths and vulnerabilities.
  • Familiarize participants with skills and programmatic tools by which they can improve resilience.
  • Identify common pitfalls and recognize solutions
  • Measure and analyze resilience
  • Development theories of change in response to resilience mapping and analysis
  • Design programs/identify programs that improve resilience.
This training module complements community resilience theories in an urban environment while providing a focus on municipal society concerns and responses to other urban crises.

Course Objectives:

  • Examine latest international, regional, and national efforts and innovations in support of urban resilience – specifically in conflict areas
  • Urban Planning and Governance: city planning and budgeting, vulnerability and modeling, slum development, urban sanitation, urban services
  • Reducing Poverty and Inequality: empowering youth and women, education, economic inclusion, models for an urban workforce
  • Recognize challenges and opportunities from lessons learned in enhancing urban resilience – specifically in conflict areas
  • Identify, map and analyze community resilience and drivers of conflict in an urban environment, particularly in vulnerable communities.
  • Map current capabilities and vulnerabilities of government and community structures
  • Create, support, and integrate transparent planning and prioritization platforms for civil society and municipalities
  • Examine and compare the intersection of the municipal systems, urban society, and the implementing partner role in developing effective and resilient programs.
The training module examines and explains why youth populations should be engaged in transitioning societies; identifying examples of best practices and programs that strengthen youth ties to the community, as well as countering the negative stressors of unemployment.

Course Objectives:

  • Recognize and explore challenges and recent approaches for strengthening youth programming
  • Develop community-led and theories of change that respond to the positive role young people play in peaceful transition
  • Identify common pitfalls and explore solutions
  • Analyze and apply a comprehensive understanding of the interrelatedness of youth population, community resilience, societal cohesion, and violence
  • Map areas/drivers of conflict and vulnerability for youth
  • Develop community and youth-led planning and activity design
  • Enhance messaging and narratives specifically targeting the youth population
This training module enables participants to train local communities in various techniques to build trust within the community and lessen the occurrence of violent conflict.

Course Objectives:

  • Define conflict prevention in the local context
  • Recognize current resources and approaches to conflict prevention
  • Recognize formal and informal conflict prevention practices
  • Explore and examine lessons learned of conflict prevention methodologies and practices at the local and national levels
  • Identify and assess local drivers of conflict that lead to the recurrence of violent conflict
  • Extend knowledge of conflict prevention methodologies to design and implement in communities at risk of cycling back into violent conflict
  • Identify key local systems, roles, and relationships among civil society, government and community leaders essential to preventing violent conflict
  • Adapt and integrate community-led approaches to preventing violent conflict to activities and theory of change
This training familiarizes participants with techniques by which to manage conflict and reduce tension between participating parties.

Course Objectives:

  • Define conflict mitigation in the local context
  • Recognize current resources and approaches to conflict mitigation
  • Explore and examine lessons learned of conflict resolution/mitigation methodologies and practices at the local and national levels
  • Identify and apply Track I and Track II negotiation and facilitation techniques to reduce inter-group conflict and support favorable settlement
  • Examine local and national sources of conflict mitigation and management
  • Incorporate mitigation practices and techniques into activity design and implementation
This training module presents alternative methods for obtaining and analyzing the massive quantity of data that is available to practitioners in a more productive and effective manner. It offers methods to recognize and target essential local and regional resources, as well as develop methods for filtering and prioritizing key sources and transition resources in a meaningful manner.

Course Objectives:

  • Explore and apply rapid research methods or styles to streamline data collection and analysis
  • Identify common pitfalls and explore solutions.
  • Translating data into program objectives and outcomes through a consistent framework.
  • Participants with be familiarized with the types of data that may be available to them, as well as traditional research methodologies.
  • Participants will be instructed in alternative methods, which will allow them to better utilize and apply information into programmatic designs.
  • Participants will gain a new understanding of data collection, management, and application that may increase efficiency in program selection and design.
  • Define and offer application for the link between data and technology
This training module familiarizes participants with the most recent scholarship and practices in combating violent extremism; recognizing the “wicked questions” of CVE.

Course Objectives:  

  • Recognize the most recent international and country specific CVE research and developments
  • Identify key actors in the community, region, and national levels with which staffers can partner
  • Develop appropriate locally led counter messaging and counter narrative campaigns and strategies
  • Map sources of radicalization and define CVE in a local context
  • Develop and implement community strategies to identify drivers of radicalization
  • Increase local, regional, and national awareness of cultural sensitivities surrounding CVE
  • Identify common pitfalls and recognize solutions
This training module provides a framework for reconciliation processes and addresses the issues of coercion and re-victimization.

Course Objectives:

  • Define and explore conflict prevention in the local context
  • Recognize current resources and approaches to reconciliation
  • Assess and analyze local trust and confidence between social and political groups
  • Recognize formal and informal reconciliation practices
  • Identify common pitfalls and explore solutions
  • Explore and examine lessons learned of conflict reconciliation methodologies and practices at the local and national levels
  • Identify and map appropriate actors (including spoilers) for inclusion of the reconciliation process
  • Facilitate challenging interactions between groups in the reconciliation process
  • Sequence and position the reconciliation process with regard to other transitional justice initiatives
This training demonstrates the importance and skills necessary for engaging minority voices in a governance planning and prioritization process.

Course Objectives:

  • Define gender and conflict in the local context
  • Examine and recognize various gender challenges and strengths in post-conflict societies.
  • Explore advising approaches to encourage behavioral and attitudinal change in regards to women or other minority voices
  • Map, assess, and analyze diverse and complex gender dynamics
  • Design and develop a community-led strategy and activities that promote inclusion of women in local governance systems
This training module instructs participants in measures to foster community healing and reconciliation between parties, particularly those that have experienced trauma.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify factors that can lead to trauma and the signs victims may demonstrate following the conflict, allowing trainees to identify those suffering from trauma.
  • Explore and recognize latest research on resilience skills, literacy on PTSD and related trauma and stressor- related disorders (SRDs),
  • Identify common pitfalls and recognize solutions
  • Map and analyze the ability of a community to cope with traumatic events at an individual and systemic level.
  • Design a community-led approach to address trauma and healing needs
  • Develop trauma cognizant activities to build trust and social cohesion
This training module instructs participants on how to assist in local reform efforts for building capacity, support community resilience, and strengthen accountability and transparency.

Course Objectives:

  • Recognize challenges and positive approaches to decentralization of political, fiscal, and administrative structures
  • Map and evaluate local government capacity, performance, and legitimacy
  • Map and evaluate civic infrastructure, civic participation, system legitimacy, and trust of local leaders
  • Map and analyze challenges and strengths of service delivery process
  • Define opportunities and methods to engage shared planning and prioritization between community and local government
  • Define and design approaches for appropriate civil society and local government communication and shared platforms
  • Integrate appropriate sequencing within theory of change for government reform; as well as the ability to identify programs, grants, and methods by which reform can be accomplished.
  • Identify common pitfalls and explore solutions
This training module familiarizes participants with political economic and conflict assessment methods by which to assess data within the context of their country and region. These analytical skills aid representatives in assessing immediate conflict concerns and applying solutions rapidly.

Course Objectives:

  • Apply recent research and approaches to assessing and analyzing local political economy and conflict
  • Recognize challenges and positive approaches to integrating political and conflict sensitivity to program theory of change
  • Recognize approaches to map, analyze and assess local political economy
  • Recognize approaches to map, analyze and assess local drivers of conflict
  • Apply analysis to design and development political and conflict sensitive activities
  • Identify common pitfalls and explore solutions
  • Gain a new understanding of conflict analysis, with a new political perspective with which to enrich and complement the analysis.
  • Apply mapping mechanisms to assess potential political or economic crises that could be prevented through immediate programmatic adjustment.
This training module presents the participants with a comparative overview of theories of change in transitioning societies. The module cites specific case studies of societies in transition and how they exemplify the different challenges and approaches societies in transition must address and overcome.

Course Objectives:

  • Recognize and apply evolution of fragile and failed states concepts
  • Recognize and apply published lessons learned by region
  • Identify critical components, sectors, and triggers for transition
  • Identify and recognize various metrics, assessments, and frameworks at the local, regional, and international levels
  • Apply and adjust country plans and program theories of change based on country assessments
  • Identify key strengths and vulnerabilities for potential activities in country plans and assessments
  • Identify key actors, systems, and opportunities to support activity design and development
  • Identify common pitfalls and explore solutions
This training module familiarizes participants with mass-media platforms that can be used to effectively disseminate information, develop moderate or counter-violent extremist messages, and effectively localize and plan media outreach within a vulnerable or post-conflict community.

Course Objectives:

  • Recognize the value and effectiveness of radio, television, and other forms of mass-media in promoting key messages or distributing critical information.
  • Mapping the current media landscape and outreach potential
  • Apply social media strategies and other forms of outreach into programmatic designs.
  • Create a comprehensive community-led local media planning, development, and distribution process to enhance moderate messages, social cohesion, and a unified voice
  • Incorporate appropriate messaging to limit the spread of extremist ideologies.
This training module deepens participants’ understanding of the role of religion in conflict, equips them with tools for engagement in religious contexts, and strengthens responses when religion is a critical issue.

Course Objectives:

  • Teach participants the legal frameworks surrounding the extraterritorial application of the establishment clause of the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution [For U.S. audiences].
  • Challenge participants to explore their own religious and civic identities, as well as the religious and civic identities of those persons with which they will engage in the field.
  • Empower participants with an IPSI-developed framework tailored for non-experts to deftly navigate the religious landscape and intelligently match Religious leader engagement mechanisms for the greatest opportunity for mission success.
Don’t see your training needs listed here? If it’s about conflict management, IPSI probably has a training on it.  Contact us, and let us know your needs.

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