CMRubinWorld – The Global Search for Education : On the Road to 2030 Our Planet Made a Plan

Since September 2015, education leaders and other influencers around the world have encouraged schools to promote all the goals. We’ve talked to teachers that acknowledge there’s nothing like real world challenges and case studies which allow students to apply the knowledge skills and dispositions they will need to succeed in an interconnected world.

How are we all doing so far? What have leaders learned from the implementation journey, and as a new school year begins, how can we build on those lessons to improve our efforts to achieve our planet’s plan moving forward?

Thomas Gass was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs in UN DESA and he took office on 3 September 2013. The Global Search for Education welcomes Thomas Gass.

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socialcops – How to Conduct a Successful Focus Group Discussion

A Focus Group Discussion (or FGD) is a qualitative research method in the social sciences, with a particular emphasis and application in the developmental program evaluation sphere.

FGDs are a predetermined semi-structured interview led by a skilled moderator. The moderator asks broad questions to elicit responses and generate discussion among the participants. The moderator’s goal is to generate the maximum amount of discussion and opinions within a given time period.

  • When Should You Use a Focus Group Discussion?
  • Creating the Questionnaire
  • Length of the Focus Group Discussion
  • Preparing for the Focus Group Discussion
  • Moderator Techniques for Focus Group Discussions
  • Limitations of Focus Group Discussions

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Humanitarian Leadership Academy – New online course : Introduction to Coaching and Mentoring

Welcome to an Introduction to Coaching and Mentoring that has been specifically designed to help you develop your understanding of coaching and mentoring and the benefits of using them when working in an emergency response. With this course and accompanying toolkit, you will be able to recognise how to structure and carry out an effective coaching or mentoring session.

This course uses video and scenarios to help you to build and strengthen your understanding of how to put coaching and mentoring skills effectively into practice.

On completion of this course you will:


    • Understand the differences between coaching and mentoring
    • Explain the purpose of both approaches and how they can be used within the constraints of the humanitarian sector
    • Recognise the benefits of coaching and mentoring for different stakeholders
    • Describe the steps of a coaching model: What? So what? Now what?

Be able to

  • Hold a coaching and mentoring session
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the approach used and identify how to improve it
  • Implement the coaching/mentoring phases – set up (contracting), establish the relationship, structure conversations, review the process


  • Have the confidence to practise the skills
  • Be prepared to coach
  • Be curious to improve your skills further

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NZZ – (Sponsored Content) Wie man Kinder und Jugendliche in El Salvador vor Banden schützen kann

Interaktiver Unterricht und nachschulische Betreuung sorgen dafür, dass Kinder und Jugendliche weniger leicht von Banden rekrutiert werden können. (Bild: PD)

Wie viel friedlicher es sich in der Schweiz lebt als in anderen Ländern, lässt sich bereits an einer einzigen Zahl ablesen – der Mordrate. In der Schweiz wird pro Jahr statistisch eine von 200’000 Personen Opfer eines tödlichen Gewaltdelikts. In El Salvador sind es laut der NGO Seguridad, Justicia et Paz 217.

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(Dieser Artikel wurde von NZZ Content Solutions im Auftrag der Stiftung Kinderdorf Pestalozzi erstellt. Die Stiftung Kinderdorf Pestalozzi trägt die redaktionelle Verantwortung für diesen Inhalt.)

HBR – The Data-Driven Case for Vacation

Over the past three years, we have partnered with the U.S. Travel Association to more clearly understand the relationship between well-being and taking time off from work. Our hypothesis has been that without recovery periods, our ability to continue performing at high levels diminishes significantly. This is in direct conflict with the common misconception that the longer you persevere at work, the more successful you will become.

Our previous HBR articles outlined our research into what kind of vacations create a positive effect, debunking the idea that people who don’t take their vacation time get ahead. But a new research study, released this month by the U.S. Travel Association and Project: Time Off, presents a high-definition picture of how overwork affects our success rates and well-being.

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socialcops – 8 Steps to Making a great Mobile-Friendly Survey

Writing a survey for a mobile app requires a different strategy than a survey taken with pen and paper or on a desktop computer. Mobile data collection is a completely different experience than standard surveys, and a mobile-friendly survey should reflect that.

[Here] are some strategic and technical elements to consider when designing a survey for a mobile platform.

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LIDC – Who Does the Research on Aid Effectiveness? It Matters

London International Development Centre (LIDC)

Accepted knowledge about what works, and what doesn’t, plays a critical role in decisions about aid, particularly at a time when donors face unprecedented pressure to demonstrate efficiency and effectiveness – value for money and impact. But how solid is this knowledge, and whose knowledge is it?

According to recent research, evidence on what works in aid remains thin, and accepted knowledge on how aid works even more so. The different timing of research and of aid policy cycles does not help. Politically charged questions regarding ‘whom should aid go to?’  and the question of ‘how does aid work?’ are very often part of separate discussions, and involve different people.

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socialcops – 5 Survey Errors That Will Hurt Your Data Quality

Data is undoubtedly valuable. It offers unprecedented insights into past trends and future predictions that few other non-numerical sources can match, making it an invaluable resource in policy making and social, political and economic understanding. 

However, data can only be useful if it is accurate and reliable. There are some major obstacles that can stand in the way of credible data collection and analysis. These obstacles can occur at various stages in the process, from survey development to execution to response analysis.

This article will briefly address the five most common survey errors that arise during data collection, plus tips on how to spot and avoid each one.

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NZZ – Ein irreführender Vergleich der NGO Globalisierungsgegner machen Konzerne mit falschen Zahlen mächtiger als sie sind

Umsatzzahlen des Detailhandelskonzerns Walmart mit der Wirtschaftsleistung Belgiens gleichzusetzen, ist sinnlos. (Bild: Ted S. Warren / AP)

Globalisierungsgegner mögen Vergleiche von Ländern mit Konzernen. Zeigen diese nicht, dass «Multis» mächtiger sind als die meisten Länder? Doch damit machen sie eine falsche Rechnung auf.

Die wahre Macht gehöre den Superreichen und Grosskonzernen, lautet ein Mantra der Globalisierungskritiker, das auch an den Gegenveranstaltungen zur G-20 in Hamburg oft beschworen wurde. Die Politiker wurden dabei als Kofferträger des Grosskapitals verhöhnt. Schaut man sich die Gipfel-Themen aber an – finanzielle Inklusion, nachhaltige Lieferketten, Pariser Umweltabkommen, Partnerschaft mit Afrika oder die Unterstützung von Unternehmerinnen –, hat man eher den Eindruck, die Regierungen seien die Sherpas der Nichtregierungsorganisationen (NGO). Die NGO würzen ihre Vorwürfe gegen den Kapitalismus gerne mit Statistiken, die belegen sollen, dass Konzerne grösser – und damit «mächtiger» – seien als die meisten Länder. Selbst das World Economic Forum (WEF), dessen Mitglieder globale Firmen sind, gibt solche Vergleiche unreflektiert wieder.

Ein zweiter Blick auf solche Statistiken aber zeigt: Hier werden Birnen mit Äpfeln verglichen, wodurch die Bedeutung der Firmen künstlich aufgeblasen wird.

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socialcops – 6 Sampling Techniques : How to Choose a Representative Subset of the Population

Surveys would be meaningless and incomplete without accounting for the respondents that they’re aimed at. The best survey design practices keep the target population at the core of their thought process.

‘All the residents of the Dharavi slums in Mumbai’, ‘every NGO in Calcutta’ and ‘all students below the age of 16 in Manipur’ are examples of a population; they are countable, finite and well-defined.

When the population is small enough, researchers have the resources to reach out to all of them. This would be the best case scenario, making sure that everybody who matters to the survey is represented accurately. A survey that covers the entire target population is called a census.

However, most surveys cannot survey the entire population. This is when sampling techniques become crucial to your survey.

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