Supplements for Trainers

After-Action Review Resources

After-Action Review: Technical Guidance: This handbook—the USAID guide on how to plan, prepare, and conduct an after-action review—was developed by USAID Knowledge for Development (KfD) using the United States Army’s TC (Technical Circular) 25-20 as a guide. The Army developed the concept of AARs as an essential training methodology for soldiers in preparing for both combat duty and ongoing programs such as peacekeeping.

Visual Content Resources

Thinking of Making a Whiteboard Animation? Read This First! This brief article provides eight tips to help you produce an engaging video. It provides prompts and information to help you save time and effort when creating a piece of visual content.

Sample Output: Visual Content

Prior to the development of K4Health's Economic Benefits of Family Planning video, a team of 3-5 members discussed their vision and goals for the video and developed a creative brief to guide their process. This document provides the thinking that went behind the development of that video and can be used as an example for others developing visual content.

Content Adaptation Case Study Examples

We highlight five case studies that provide real-life examples and lessons learned based on different types of adaptation. Examples include adapting training curricula into an SMS-based health communication program in Kenya and Tanzania, repackaging eLearning content to an interactive voice response (IVR) training course in Kenya, and adapting health videos for a Southeast Asian audience and Sub-Saharan Africa audience.

Content Adaptation Template

This simple template contains some guiding questions and considerations for those planning to adapt content. We recommend that you review the Powerpoint and Exercise, or the Making Content Meaningful guide, before partaking in this step.

Content Adaptation Sample Output

Medical Aid Films, an organization featured as a case study in the Making Content Meaningful guide, worked to adapt their health videos for different audiences in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. They identified existing films which could provide valuable educational content about pregnancy and childbirth for women in developing countries.

Sample Output: After-Action Review

This sample after-action review documentation provides a real-life example of the discussion that took place and the findings that were recorded during an AAR.

Template: After-Action Review

This simple template provides six questions to guide discussion during an after-action review. Users can follow the template exactly or adapt the questions for their specific use.

Example: Ethiopia Net-Map Final Report

In this example final report, the Knowledge for Health team describes how they used Net-Map to complete a needs assessment in Ethiopia in 2010. The four-page report includes details on the research questions, methods, and the results concerning actors, links, and influence.

Peer-Feedback or Self-Reflection

This questionnaire is an after-action review specifically for Net-Map facilitators. After implementing Net-Map, set aside time to answer these questions on your own or with colleagues who provided support. The answers to these 10 questions will provide a basis for continual improvement and allow facilitators to broaden their thinking about how Net-Map can be used.