SDG Toolkit Individual Learner Online Course

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals through applying systems thinking and collaborative responses.

Welcome to this course for the Individual Learner. The learning objectives of this course are for you to increase your:

  • understanding of systems thinking and collaboration as approaches to achieve large-scale impact
  • skills and confidence to apply systems thinking by practicing using systems assessment tools.
  • skills and confidence to apply collaborative responses to achieve systems change through practical frameworks and tools to start, design and sustain a strategic and structured collaborative response.

This course is deliverd via 10 discrete modules and can be done from your desk.  The learner can dip in and out of it at any time and it could be completed within a day.  The content has a mix of video, pre-reading and further reading and a Participant Workbook.

If you experience any difficulties during the course, please reach out to [email protected]

The course outline is as follows:

Module #PurposeContentEstimated Time
-Preparing for this courseText20 minutes reading
1Welcome and purposeVideo10 minutes watching + 3 minute exercise
2What is complexity?Video + Exercise18 minutes watching + 12 minute exercise
3What
is systems change?
Video12 minutes watching + 5 minute exercise
4Learning
how to diagnose systems
Video10 minutes watching + 5 minutes exercise
5Case Study: The Kokoda TrailVideo18 minutes watching & taking notes
6Application:
Using the system assessment tool
Video + Exercise10 minutes watching + 50 minutes exercise
7How
do you design a collaborative response?
Video15 minutes watching + 15 minute exercise
8How
do you start a collaborative response?
Video15 minutes watching + 15 minute exercise
9How do you build a common agenda?Video15 minutes watching + 5 minute exercise
10Reflections and next stepsWritten + exercise20 minutes

At the end of the course you will be asked to provide written feedback to ACFID about whether the course achieved the learning objectives and what your further learning needs are.

Register to take this course

Please register for the course by filling out the short 8 question Learner Registration Survey .  As a free Toolkit this survey provides ACFID with a way to see who is undertaking the learning.

Preparing for this course

In preparing for this course print or save the Participant Workbook. The Workbook will help you to:

  • Capture your key take-outs from the course content and optional additional reading
  • Practice using some of the frameworks and tools shared
  • Start thinking about how you or your organisation can start using systems thinking and collaborative responses to better contribute to achieving the SDGs.

Once you have familiarised yourself with the Participant Workbook, the next step to read these three short articles:

In addition to these readings, the course introduces you to a framework developed by CSIRO called RAPTA, meaning Resilience, Adaptation, Pathways and Transformation Approach. You can read a summary of the RAPTA framework or simply watch the video in Module 4.


Module 1: Welcome and purpose

Purpose:

To introduce you to the Sustainable Development Goals and why ACFID believes systems thinking and collaboration are needed to achieve the goals.

Estimated time:

13 minutes

Instructions:

Please watch this 10 minute video of Marc Purcell, ACFID CEO and complete the 3 minute exercise in the Participant Workbook. View the Powerpoint that accompanies this presentation.
 



 

Additional reading:


Module 2: What is complexity?

Purpose:

To introduce you to complex challenges – what are they? How are they different from other problem types? And what is the most appropriate response?

Estimated time:

30 minutes

Instructions:

Please watch this 18 minute video of Kerry Graham, Collaboration for Impact Director and complete the 12 minute exercise in the Participant WorkbookView the Powerpoint that accompanies this presentation.
 



 

Additional resources:


Module 3: What is system change?

Purpose:

To introduce you to systems change – what is it? How does systems change happen? What types of strategies or interventions change systems?

Estimated time:

17 minutes

Instructions:

Please watch this 12 minute video of Kerry Graham, Collaboration for Impact Director and complete the 5 minute exercise in the Participant WorkbookView the Powerpoint that accompanies this presentation.
 



 

Additional resources:

Systems change: A guide to what it is and how to do it.

Leverage points: places to intervene in a system.

Using systems thinking to create more impactful social policy.


Module 4: Learning how to diagnose systems

Purpose:

To introduce you to system thinking – how do you assess systems and determine where to intervene?

Estimated time:

15 minutes

Instructions:

Please watch this 10 minute video of Micahela Cosijn, CSIRO, and complete the 5 minute exercise in the Participant WorkbookView the Powerpoint that accompanies this presentation.
 


 

Additional reading

Module 5: Case Study: the Kokoda Trail

Purpose:

To introduce you to a live case study – the Kokoda Trail. The content in this case study will allow you to apply the RAPTA system assessment tool in Module 6.

Estimated time:

18 minutes

Instructions:

Please watch this 18 minute video of Mark Webster, ADRA CEO, and take relevant notes in your Participant WorkbookView the Powerpoint that accompanies this presentation.
 




Module 6: Application: Using the RAPTA system assessment tool

Purpose:

To provide you with instructions on how to use the RAPTA system assessment tool.

Estimated time:

60 minutes

Instructions:

Before watching this video, please read the exercise instructions in the Participant WorkbookView the Powerpoint that accompanies this presentation.

Please watch this 9 minute video of Micahela Cosijn, CSIRO and complete the 50 minute exercise in the Participant Workbook.
 


Module 7: How do you design collaborative responses?

Purpose:

To introduce you to frameworks for convening collaborative responses which create system change.

Estimated time:

25 minutes

Instructions:

Please watch this 20 minute video of Kerry Graham, Collaboration for Impact Director, and complete the 5 minute exercise in the Participant WorkbookView the Powerpoint that accompanies this presentation.
 

Additional reading

Additional resources and tools


Module 8: How do you start a collaborative response?

Purpose:

To share and explore the pre-conditions and mindset needed for collaborative responses.

Estimated time:

30 minutes

Instructions:

Please watch this 15 minute video of Kerry Graham, Collaboration for Impact Director and complete the 15 minute exercise in the Participant WorkbookView the Powerpoint that accompanies this presentation.
 

Additional resources


Module 9: How do you build a common agenda?

Purpose:

To share and explore a process to build a common agenda across diverse stakeholders

Estimated time:

20 minutes

Instructions:

Please watch this 15 minute video of Kerry Graham, Collaboration for Impact Director, and complete the 5 minute exercise in the Participant WorkbookView the Powerpoint that accompanies this presentation.
 

Additional resources


Module 10: Reflection and next steps

Purpose:

For you to reflect on how systems thinking and collaborative responses can assist you and/or your organisation to better contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Estimated time:

20 minutes

Exercise: Click on this link and complete the reflection and feedback questions. There are only 15 questions which might take you 10 minutes to complete.

Finally: Thank you for demonstrating your commitment to the SDGs and completing this course. We hope the content and exercises have stimulated and challenged you to apply systems thinking and collaborative approaches to your development work. 

ACFID would like to support you and your organisation to continue to develop your understanding, skills and confidence to work in this way.  Additional relevant learning opportunities that we encourage you to consider are available:

ACFID's Learning Opportunities

 

 

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