USAID Civic Initiatives Support Program

CSO Resources


CSO Resources: Under the USAID-funded Jordan Civil Society Program (2008-13), FHI 360 developed a number of resources that support civil society strengthening in the areas of organizational development, advocacy, strategic communications, as well as gender and inclusion. Click here for more info.


Advocacy Capacity Index


USAID/OTI-funded Lebanon Civic Support Initiative (LCSI) supported a number of advocacy initiatives in Lebanon between 2010-2012, with an objective to enhance civil society organizations' capacity to advocate for local or national issues. LCSI developed an Advocacy Index that measures an NGO’s capacity to advocate before and after every advocacy grant. The index assesses the NGO on a scale from 0-6 in five competency areas: coalition building and NGO linkages, outreach, engagement with decisionmakers, data research and analysis, and policy development.

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Civil Society Report on the Status of Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Jordan 2012


Over years ago, a group of civil society organizations (CSOs) working in the field of disability and individuals active in the field of human rights formed a Coalition to investigate and analyze the status of the rights of Persons with Disabilities at the level of policy, legislation and practice in Jordan. The goal was to prepare the first civil society shadow report on the Jordanian State’s commitment to implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

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Engaging Stakeholders Focus Groups Manual


The step-by-step manual follows the natural flow of focus group research, and includes examples and exercises from the civil society sector in Jordan and Lebanon that enable trainees to absorb the theory of qualitative research as well as to practice the various steps of a given research project.

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Pre Action Review Manual


This guide is based on the documentation of the AAR process mainly phase I. The purpose is to provide NGOs who plan to conduct an AAR for an advocacy issue to have a clear and simple methodology in doing that. The guide is based on the AAR process guidelines and on the outcomes of the implementation phase.

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Strategic Communication Guidebook for CSOs


This guidebook is developed with the support of the USAID funded – Jordan Civil Society Program as part of the project's efforts to increase public awareness and institutional cultures regarding the importance of strategic communications in order to institutionalize its function based on international good practices.

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Training Management Manual for Civil Society Organizations (TMM)


The Training Management Manual is designed to assist NGOs and the trainers they work with to more effectively manage the design, delivery and evaluation of training programs, whether delivered in-house or externally.

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INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSESSMENT TOOL


FHI 360 under the USAID Civic Initiatives Support Program (USAID CIS) has adopted the Institutional Development Assessment (IDA) tool for Jordanian civil society organizations (CSOs) to identify their institutional development priorities and to plan for capacity development in those respective areas. Adapted from the AED Institutional Development Assessment (IDA) during the Jordan Civil Society Program, the tool has undergone a series of changes, the latest in 2014, which included additional points related to advocacy, gender and inclusivity of persons with disabilities in addition to expanding parts on governance. The IDA is a facilitated self- assessment tool that focuses on four key functional areas:


  • 1. Management Systems
  • 2. Financial Resources
  • 3. External Relations
  • 4. Programs/Services Delivery


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Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT)


FHI 360 under the USAID Civic Initiatives Support Program (USAID CIS) has developed the Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT) for civil society organizations (CSOs) to identify capacity development priorities and to plan for capacity development in those respective areas. Adapted from the USAID Organizational Capacity Assessment (OCA) tool, it focuses on seven key capacity areas: Governance and legal structure, Financial management and internal control systems, Administration and procurement systems, Human resources systems, Program management, Project performance management, Organizational management and sustainability. The ICAT assessment combines a facilitated self-assessment session complemented by anonymous surveys of staff and board members, with verification from an external third party (FHI 360 staff or its representatives) taking place in parallel and is supplemented by individual interviews and document review.

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