Introduction to Scenario Planning Course

Access IDEAL's online, self-paced course, which provides practical tools for why and how to conduct scenario planning

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Scenario planning is a central component of effective adaptive management. It is a practical, strategic, and intentional activity that helps teams and organizations to:

  • Anticipate, plan, and be prepared for changes
  • Respond effectively to changes in operating contexts
  • Build a team culture that values continuous learning and adaptation

Created by IDEAL, this course provides foundational knowledge and practical tools for why and how to conduct scenario planning to improve your ability and preparedness to work successfully during circumstances outside your control.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the value of scenario planning for effective program implementation and adaptation
  • Learn how to facilitate a process with your team to develop a scenario plan, alternative approaches for implementation, and a structure for adapting plans based on context changes

Access the Adaptive Management Collection


Is this course for me?

If you will be leading or actively participating in the process of scenario planning, this course will give you a solid grounding, clear process, and relevant tools and examples. It is applicable for Emergency Programs and Resilience Food Security Activities.

Those central to scenario planning often include:

  • Program Managers
  • Strategic Learning Advisors
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Managers
  • Deputy Chiefs of Party
  • Chiefs of Party
How long will it take?

About 1-1.5 hours. You do not need to complete it all at once. You can return later and pick up where you left off. However, note that your access to the course ends after two weeks from your account creation date.

How much does it cost?

This course is free! All you need to do is create an account (or log in) using the link below.

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