Technical support for partners

AP has developed a number of services to address the needs of our community-based partners. Most of these services are designed to produce short-term benefits that will help partners become stronger advocates and are offered through Peace Fellows. Fellows are chosen for their professional experience and skills, particularly in IT and social media. For more on our 2016 fellowship program visit this page.

Our hope is that the partner organization will use the benefits gained from working with our Fellows to build long-term programs or campaigns that will eventually produce social change. A description of the campaigns we will support in 2016 will be posted on these pages.

Service 1. Telling the partner’s story

•Quality photos that partners can use in their advocacy. We produce high-quality photos about the work of partners and post an online photo library on our Fickr pages. (10 weeks – all Fellows)

•Video. We have produced more than 500 videos and each partner has a dedicated page on our YouTube channel, accessed through this page. This service is limited to partners that expressly request it and requires specialist skills.

•A personal profile of the partner’s work. Peace Fellows are asked to produce one blog a week. While these are mainly intended for the Fellow’s personal network, they also provide content for their partner and our news service. (10 weeks – all Fellows)

•Partner pages on the AP website. All current partners have, or will shortly have, their own partner page.

•News bulletins. We produce at least one news bulletin on the work of each partner every year. These go out to a listserv of 7,000 and are widely picked up.

•Advocacy quilts. All Fellows are trained to help their hosts produce squares for an advocacy quilt. This service is limited to partners that expressly request it, but it can be completed within 10 weeks. AP also uses advocacy quilts to promote the work of partners that produced the quilts on a year-round basis. In 2016, we will launch an artist fund, designed to generate income for the individuals who produced squares for quilts.

Service 2. Designing a program or campaign

Our experience has shown that AP (staff and Peace Fellows) can help partners to identify program/campaign opportunities that may not be apparent or available locally. This often begins with Peace Fellows. we have helped partners in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bosnia, DRC, Mali, Nepal and Uganda to design innovative long-term programs for social justice. All 2016 Fellows will be asked to help their hosts to jumpstart or manage a program. AP may be able to support these programs beyond the initial ten weeks, if asked by the partner.

Service 3. Strengthening the partner organization

•Strategic Plan. A 2015 Annual Report OR strategic plan that can raise the partner’s credibility with donors and provide organizational focus. (10 weeks, all Fellows)

•Monitoring and Evaluation. Fellows and AP staff will train one of more designated staff-members from the partner organization in basic M and E, thus enabling them to fulfil their reporting requirements to donors. (10 weeks, all Fellows)

•Collecting and Registering Receipts. Essential for fulfilling the requirements of donors. (10 weeks, all Fellows).

Service 4. Using IT and social media

•Websites: Fellows will help their host to design and post a new website, or update an existing website, using WordPress. The Fellow will also train a staff member from the host organization (accidental techie) to create content. (10 weeks, all Fellows)

•Social media: Fellows will help their hosts develop the social media platforms that are widely used in the region. These could include Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and Instagram. The Fellow will help prepare a “how to” booklet on the use of social media in campaigns. (10 weeks, all Fellows).

Service 5. Fundraising

•Funding: 2016 Fellows will try to raise at least $250 through a crowdfunding page for the program they are working on, and train a staffer from the host organization to raise money through crowdfunding. (10 weeks, all Fellows) AP may also raise funds for long-term programs, working with partners.

•Proposal template: Fellows will draft a proposal template that can be adapted to the specific requirements of different donors. (10 weeks, all Fellows).

•Donor database: Fellows will help their hosts to update their electronic donor database. (10 weeks, all Fellows).

Service 6. International Promotion

•Promotion in the US: Fellows will organize a follow-up event at their school or in the community after they return, to support their host. (All Fellows)

•International advocacy: AP staff will lobby for partners with governments, INGOs and UN agencies.

•Building partnerships: AP staff will connect partners in the south to associations, schools, donors, and guilds in the north.

•Media exposure: AP staff will place news about partners in the mainstream and online media.

Measuring Results

•Mid-fellowship: AP will conduct an informal evaluation of all Fellows mid-way through their fellowship and share this with their hosts. (All Fellows)

•Final evaluation by Fellows: All Fellows will complete a final evaluation, within 3 weeks of returning home. (All Fellows)

•Final evaluation by Partners: Partners will be asked to complete a simple evaluation on the performance of their Fellows, and their future hopes for the partnership with AP, by August 30. (All partners).

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