CD Tools




Selected Tools

Tools for Capacity Development (CD) are used in the process whereby people, organizations and society as a whole unleash, strengthen, create, adapt and maintain capacity over time.

Assessment of innovation capacities - A scoring tool

Capacity development interventions in support of agricultural innovation are more effective when based on systematic and participatory assessments of existing skills and capacity needs. Recognizing that, an instrument has been developed in the context of the Capacity Development for Agricultural...

Trainer's Manual: Facilitating Capacity Needs Assessment

This training manual was prepared under the EU-funded project Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS), a global partnership (Agrinatura, FAO and 8 pilot countries) that aims to strengthen the capacity of countries and key stakeholders to innovate in...

Tool factsheet: Timeline

The timeline tool is generally put to use when stakeholders embark upon the self-assessment phase of their innovation partnership. Stakeholders are asked to recall moments they feel were significant for the partnership, from its beginning to the present and to...

Tool factsheet: Capacity-focused Problem Tree

The capacity-focused problem tree pinpoints a core capacity issue, along with its causes and effects. It helps clarify the precise capacity-development objectives that the intervention aims to achieve. The focus should be on functional capacity, but room should be left...

Tool factsheet: Simulation Game

This tool enables participants to become cognisant of the functional capacities discovered through the capacity scoring questionnaire, and test the limits of these capacities through simulations or role-playing (e.g. problem-solving, collaboration, information sharing, and engagement). The simulation game leads to...

Tool factsheet: Rich Picture

This tool is a simple tool to map out the current status of the AIS, and to discover where the actors want to go. The rich picture tool can be used both to describe the current situation and to illustrate future plans....

Tool factsheet: Action Planning

The Action Planning is a tool that formalizes commitments and plots the route to their implementation. An action plan is intended for the use of the core actors, who will have been identified beforehand in the visioning phase. It determines...

Tool factsheet: Scoring Innovation Capacities

This tool was designed to assess innovation capacities, identify strengths and weaknesses and monitor capacity changes over time. The scoring tool makes it clear which functional capacities are going to be needed to promote, lead or successfully participate in innovation processes....

Tool factsheet: Social Network Analysis

Social Network Analysis is a practical and useful tool that looks at the linkages present in an innovation network and monitors their development over time. It maps the relationships between the stakeholders in the network and highlights the changes between...

Tool factsheet: Scoping Study

The scoping study explores the nature and dynamics of the agricultural innovation system in order to disclose past and ongoing investments and mechanisms relating to AIS in the country. In particular, the study looks into the various initiatives and projects...

Additional Tools

These other tools are commonly used in the context of capacity development.

Farmer field schools: key practices for DRR implementers

Natural hazards have become more frequent and intense in the last few decades, increasing the often significant negative impacts on the gross domestic product of countries in southern Africa and undermining development efforts. Forecasts are negative as a result of...

Governing land for women and men. A technical guide to support the achievement of responsible gender-equitable governance land tenure

Gender equality is one of the ten core principles of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security. This guide aims to assist in its implementation through...

Flash flood risk management: a training of trainers manual

This Training of Trainers Manual is designed to help build the capacity of trainers in flash flood risk management, who can then disseminate the knowledge to a larger number of practitioners. The manual presents an eight-day course including a three-day...

Learning for capacity development: a holistic approach to sustained organisational change

This article describes a holistic approach to organisational development that promotes learning and its integration into everyday work practice. It presents the approach and how it leads to genuine organisational transformation, increased organisational efficiency, and resilience during change. When an...

Assessing Capacity Needs of Extension and Advisory Services: A Guide for Facilitators

This guide is intended to assist facilitators in conducting a workshop with Extension and Advisory Service (EAS) providers for assessing their capacity needs. This guide has been compiled by the Centre for Research on Innovation and Science Policy (CRISP) for...

Assessment of innovation capacities - A scoring tool

Capacity development interventions in support of agricultural innovation are more effective when based on systematic and participatory assessments of existing skills and capacity needs. Recognizing that, an instrument has been developed in the context of the Capacity Development for Agricultural...

Advanced training materials on rainwater harvesting irrigation management in arid and semi-arid areas of sub-saharan Africa:Technical capacity building on the use of rainwater for off-season smallscale irrigation in Ethiopia,Kenya,Mozambique and Zimbabwe

These advanced training materials have been produced to foster the capacity of practitioners from private, nongovernmental and public sectors on one hand, and academics and scientists on the other, to practically implement cost-efficient RWHI technologies and practices in arid and...

Training materials for local communities on rainwater harvesting irrigation management: Capacity building on the use of rainwater for off-season small-scale irrigation in arid and semi-arid areas of sub-saharan Africa.

These training materials have been produced to foster the capacity of key members of local communities to practically implement RWHI systems in a cost-efficient manner. The specific target group of these capacity building materials are local community members who are...

Net-map toolbox: Influence mapping of social networks

Net-Map is an interview-based mapping tool that helps people understand, visualize, discuss, and improve situations in which many different actors influence outcomes. By creating Influence Network Maps, individuals and groups can clarify their own view of a situation, foster discussion,...

CDAIS Marketplace: brokering partnerships for effective capacity development for agricultural innovation – Concept Note

This concept note has been developed within the context of the EU-funded CDAIS project, which is jointly implemented by AGRINATURA-EEIG and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to support the TAP Action Plan in eight...