• Bridging theory and practice

  • Customised to your needs

  • Strategic and thematic expertise

  • Creating lasting learning effect

What MDF Training & Consultancy has to offer

Advocacy & Policy Influencing professionals can be directors, policy advisors, project/programme managers, lobbyists, PMEL-experts, communication experts working in civil society organisations, media and academic institutions, governmental institutions or private sector businesses. They are everywhere! 

MDF Training & Consultancy assists you and your partners to build capacity for, strategise for, design and conduct effective API interventions, and capture and learn from your policy influencing efforts.  

Our services: 

1) Assist you in effectively shaping and managing your API interventions 

We can advise and facilitate API strategy development based on thorough analysis of the socio-political and legal context, stakeholder and risk analyses and developing an API-proof Theory of Change and communication strategy. Our focus on behavioural change in key stakeholders allows us to frame and measure change where it is most relevant and tangible.  

We can assist in developing tailor-made methods and tools for API interventions along the policy cycle. Examples include developing a thematic policy checklist to identify entry points for API interventions and producing pertinent policy briefs.  

For monitoring, evaluation and learning we emphasise qualitative methods, such as Outcome Mapping, Outcome Harvesting, Contribution Analysis, and Most Significant Change. These enable key stakeholders to jointly define and assess results and outcomes at different levels.  

We also design monitoring systems for API. This may include long-term support in data collection and sense making, learning through blended learning trajectories, strategy revision or developmental evaluation. And because we consider the process to be as important as the content, our services also extend to effective partnership and network management. 

2) Build lasting API capacity in your organisation, alliance or network. We offer steps towards a complete participatory learning trail, using up to date methods and tools: 

- Assessing organisational API capacity to identify priority capacity gaps and needs related to your API objectives 

- Designing organisation or alliance-wide Learning & Development Strategies addressing these priority capacity gaps and needs in API capacity, with lots of room for learning by doing  

- Designing and using a tailored monitoring system to learn on the go and adjust capacity strengthening in API according to a changing context  

- Evaluating capacity strengthening in API: how can we show intended and unintended effects and identify enabling and disabling factors, etc 

3) Provide individual and workplace learning in API  

In addition to Open Entry Training in API (online, face to face, and blended – see here for our courses), we can provide customised training on effective API within your organisation. For optimal sustainability though, we prefer learning trajectories that ensure that capacity is built to last in your organisation or alliance.  

Meet our experts

  • Expertise
    • Advocacy and Policy Influencing
    • Evaluation

    Linda Janmaat

    Senior Trainer/Consultant
  • Expertise
    • Advocacy and Policy Influencing
    • Organisation and People Management
    • Resource Mobilisation

    Ger Roebeling

    Senior Trainer / Consultant
  • Expertise
    • Advocacy and Policy Influencing
    • Enterprising Partner
    • Resource Mobilisation

    Richard Yeboah

    Director Ghana office
  • Expertise
    • Advocacy and Policy Influencing
    • Evaluation
    • Programme and Project Management

    Saskia Brand

    Close associate

"Clearly having defined our theory of change really helps us a lot in focusing on where we can be most effective in our influencing efforts"

Our clients