Over the last five years, we have worked in close collaboration with USAID staff to address the challenges in broad implementation of the science, technology, innovation and partnership (STIP) agenda, as well as provide training and support services.
To maximize engagement in STIP learning and professional development opportunities by USAID staff, MSI has developed and implemented learning activities in a variety of modalities, from classroom-based training to virtual programs. We co-created a three-day training on “Integrating STIP in the Program Cycle” and a one-day training on “Integrating STIP at USAID.” To date, there have been six STIP Integration trainings in Washington D.C., and three overseas trainings at the Central Asia Regional Mission in Kazakhstan and the Pakistan Mission.
We have also designed and delivered three training-of-trainers courses for Lab and Agency staff who design and deliver trainings. Our Train the Trainer programs use the latest adult-learning principles and best practices in training and facilitation techniques and methods. They also provide curriculum review and recommendations for curriculum updates and provide ongoing coaching and logistical support. Across all courses, the project has trained more than 230 Agency staff in Washington, D.C. and abroad.
In response to COVID-19, we pivoted with USAID staff to design and conduct courses and workshops virtually. MSI staff helped to convert an Open Innovation Competition Bootcamp training course – originally developed as an in-person course – into a multiday online format. We have also helped the Lab produce webinars on AI/Machine Learning, Blockchain, Real-Time Data, Internet of Things for Agriculture, Applying Lessons Learned from the Ebola Response to COVID-19, and How to Strategically Invest in Digital Technologies. More than 1,000 people have participated in the webinars, and over 85% have found them useful.