Localizing the SDGs
Module 3: Monitoring & Reporting
Module 3 provides guidance for the reporting and monitoring aspects of the SDGs localization process. It gives examples, exercises and tools for the inclusion of the local and regional governments’ actions and perspective in Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), and introduces the potential of Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs) to further foster SDGs integration in the local policy process.
The module is aimed at LRGs, LRGAs and other networks, both at national and international levels. It has been a critical tool to support engagement in UCLG and the Global Taskforce of LRG’s own reporting process to the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF).
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SDGs Learning Module 3
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How to Use
Our Learning Modules are designed as pedagogical guides for facilitators to design and deliver capacity building workshops following a training of trainers approach. Each learning module is divided into shorter units/chapters, which can be combined, adjusted and reorganized according to the target audience, context, and time available.
Each module is composed of:
A Facilitator’s Guide
Introducing the different theorical and practical knowledge through a set of lectures and case-studies, combined with dynamic exercises, discussion topics, and games which facilitate the reflection and sharing of knowledge among participants based on their own context and experiences.
A set of slides accompanying the contents presented in the facilitator’s guide, which can be adjusted as necessary to present/guide the workshop and its contents.
The handouts, which are also included at the end of the Facilitator’s Guide, include sheets with key concept to hand out to participants, as well as instructions, tables and other resources necessary to facilitate the different exercises and dynamics presented in the module.
*For virtual workshops, we have also prepared templates for digital whiteboard applications. Contact us if you’d like to have access to them.
We encourage you to use all the tools and resources proposed in the Guides to design your own sessions and adjust them as much as possible to the local context where you work. There are no two identical audiences, nor learning experiences, so feel free to adjust the proposed tools to the needs and expectations of your learners.
While our learning modules providing a strong base to implement workshops, we strongly recommend appointing facilitators with strong hands-on experience working at local or regional level and dealing with global agendas. The optimum size of the group for trainings based on our modules is from 10 to 16 people. For bigger groups we strongly recommend having two or more trainers, especially for the exercises that require moderation.
Our Learning Modules are aimed at the development of capacities of Local and Regional Governments (LRGs) and their associations at political and technical level, as well as of other actors who work directly with LRGs.
The different contents are developed to be flexible enough so that you can adapt them to the reality, needs and aspirations of the attendees, that is, the political, economic, social and cultural environment of their territory. Aware of the huge differences there might exist between the LRGs around the world, the modules are precise but broad enough so as to include and reflect all kinds of LRGs. Additional reference material for metropoles and/or for regional governments is sometimes provided in order to achieve this.
The space where you will run the learning session should be equipped with a projector, wi-fi (needed to play videos) and a flipchart. It should have movable chairs and tables so that you can easily rearrange the room for exercises. This will also allow the participants to sit and move according to their needs. According to the exercises and dynamics you will use, you will also need paper, post-it, markers, and other material as explained in the guide.
For virtual workshops, we strongly recommend a virtual meeting application (such as Zoom) which allows for breakout rooms where participants can have discussions in smaller groups. Many of the exercises can be facilitated using a digital whiteboard (such as Mural or Miro). We have prepared templates on Mural for many of the exercises. Feel free to contact us if you’d like to have access to them.
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