Welcome to the Introduction to Scenario Planning course!
Scenario planning is a central component of effective adaptive management practice. It is a practical, strategic, and intentional activity that helps teams and organisations to:
  • Anticipate, plan, and be prepared for changes
  • Respond effectively to changes in operating contexts
  • Build a team culture that values continuous learning and adaptation

This course provides foundational knowledge and practical tools for why and how to conduct scenario planning to improve your ability and preparedness to work successfully during circumstances outside your control.

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Is this course for me?

If you will be leading or actively participating in the process of scenario planning, this course will give you a solid grounding, clear process, and relevant tools and examples. It is applicable for Emergency Programs and Resilience Food Security Activities.

Those central to scenario planning often include:

  • Program Managers
  • Strategic Learning Advisors
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Managers
  • Deputy Chiefs of Party
  • Chiefs of Party

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How will I benefit from this course?

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the value of scenario planning for effective program implementation and adaptation
  • Learn how to facilitate a process with your team to develop a scenario plan, alternative approaches for implementation, and a structure for adapting plans based on context changes

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How long will it take?

About 1 hour

You do not need to complete it all at once. You can return later and pick up where you left off.

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How much does it cost?

This course is free!

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Will I get a certificate at the end?

Yes, you will be able to download a certificate once you have successfully completed all components.

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The Implementer-Led Design, Evidence, Analysis and Learning (IDEAL) activity is funded by the USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) that works to support the United States Government’s goal of improving food and nutrition security among the world’s most vulnerable households and communities. IDEAL addresses knowledge and capacity gaps expressed by the food and nutrition security implementing community, supporting them in the design and implementation of effective emergency and non-emergency food security activities. IDEAL is led by Save the Children and implemented by a consortium that includes The Kaizen Company, Mercy Corps, and TANGO International. Learn more on the FSN Network.


This course is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of the Implementer-Led Design, Evidence, Analysis and Learning (IDEAL) Activity and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.