Life skills

UNICEF programming cycle

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Implementation is just one element in a series of steps that can make your programme more effective. The below model of the "programming cycle" illustrates the different aspects of programming to consider when organizing skills-based education programmes.

  • Starting with a situation analysis can help you learn as much as possible about the status of health problems and existing programmes in your school and local area. It will also help you gather the information you need to develop a vision for change and set priorities for your programme.
  • Setting specific and measurable objectives and formulating feasible strategies based on the situation analysis will form the basis of your action or implementation plan.
  • Monitoring and evaluation - reviewing what you have been doing and how well it has worked should be considered from the outset.  An evaluation plan and mechanisms for monitoring will help you track your programme's progress in accomplishing your goals and objectives. Thus, the groundwork for evaluation is laid at the very beginning when needs are assessed, objectives set and activities planned.
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Logic Model
In the United States, Douglas Kirby has developed a "logic model" to help you design a curriculum that addresses individual determinants of sexual behaviours. This may be a useful reference in the planning stage, when you are deciding what content and activities you wish to include in your education program.
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