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Resources & Toolkits

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PEN International builds the capacity of its membership through workshops, trainings, focused support and guidance. Please find resources below. For any more advice, toolkits or guidelines please contact Holly Strauss, Learning and Accountability Coordinator:


PEN Advocacy Toolkit

PEN National level Advocacy Plan – Template for developing an advocacy strategy at national level

PEN Advocacy Presentation – Powerpoint to support facilitation of training

PEN Writers at Risk – a summary of the work and how Centres can participate

Identify the problem – Problem Tree Analysis worksheet to help understand the problem and how to address it

Preparing for plan to take action – Worksheet to support the development of your advocacy strategy

Plan to take action – Worksheet giving you the framework for an advocacy plan


Budgets and Financial Reporting Toolkit – to guide in developing budgets and carrying out financial reporting

If you have any questions about budgeting and financial reporting contact Salwa Mohamed, Finance and Administration Officer:


Project activities as campaign tactics – how your project activities can be used in wider campaigning

Campaigning worksheet – to support you in developing a campaigning strategy

Free the Word

Free the Word bundlea zip file containing files and documents for running Free the Word events


Gender presentation – PowerPoint to support the facilitation of training

PEN’s Gender Sensitivity Criteria – to help assess how much your project takes into account gender and diversity 

For any support or guidance in relation to gender, please get in touch with Holly Strauss

Monitoring and Evaluation 

Measuring Change in the Civil Society Programme – a summary of the areas in which change needs to happen for us to work towards to the overall aim of the programme

Creating Indicators – a guide to creating indicators of change/ success for the Civil Society Programme

Measuring Change – summary of impact and change

Three Universal Monitoring and Evalutation Questions – the three reflective questions at the heart of M&E

Story of Change – PowerPoint presentation to support with facilitation of training

Story of Change – guidance document 

Story of Change – Guiding questions for those carrying out interviews or analysis

Participant lead Creative writing workshops – suggestions for how to make your creative writing workshops participant lead

Understanding Impact – PowerPoint presentation to support the facilitation of training

Impact Grid Handout – a participatory tool that helps those working on a project and participants to identify changes and analyse them in a wider context

Most Significant Change Approach – a participatory tool that involves participants telling stories of change and collaberatively deciding over through discussion and debate which story is the most significant and why 

Team Self Reviews – involving the project team asking themselves the three universal M&E questions and writing a short summary of the most important points to emerge

Scalar Approach – used to break down an overall aim into smaller, more managable steps

Triads – an exersize used in workshops to help participants to apply gaining knowledge to real issues affecting their work

Collecting Meaningful Feedback – guidelines for collecting meaningful feedback from workshops and trainings

Developing a Theory of Change – looking at the wider picture of how change happens in a specific context and then focusing in on your specific role 

Developing outcomes and indicators – PowerPoint presentation to support the facilitation of training

For any support or guidance in relation to monitoring and evaluation, please get in touch with: Holly Strauss, Learning and Accountability Coordinator:

Making films that communicate change

Equipment List: starter equipment list for making films that communicate change

We have commissioned a number of tutorial videos to act as a guide for making films about your projects:

Equipment Part 1 - step-by-step guides to using the equipment outlined in the 'starter' equipment list'

Equipment Part 2 - step-by-step guides to using the equipment outlined in the 'starter' equipment list'

Storytelling - tips on how to ensure your films are enagaging to your audience with examples of different types of story telling

Interviews - insights into how to film a beautiful interview on a low budget including tips on natural light, position and camera angle

Editing - the 'necessary evil which is all part of the process'. A step-by-step guide to bringing all your footage together

To read more about PEN’s Civil Society Programme, click here

The use of creative tools and strategies has awakened our imagination which is useful within project management, there are more resources and more possibilities than we realised, we need to reflect more

Participants at PEN’s Civil Society Programme Development Workshop, Oxford UK 2017