Hello @NLindstrom ,
Thank for your excellent question! Also, belated thanks to @Bjoern as well for his outreach to the community back in Dec. I lost track of your message, somehow, in the holiday rush. My apologies.
Professional development on the Digital Principles is a important topic - and we’ve been thinking a lot here about how to move beyond endorsement of the Digital Principles (which is important - but relatively simple), and into deeper use and socialization of them across organizations, sectors, geographies, etc. Please check out the questions below - we welcome your thoughts.
Long story short: There are several projects in the pipeline for FY18 & FY19 that target professional development in different ways. And as @CarolynFlorey pointed out above, we have been considering how best to create a certification or training course about the Digital Principles, as it has been the most requested resource from us to date.
First, I’d note that last year we invested in the revision of all our Digital Principles implementer guidance - it’s live on the website. No - it’s not a course, certification, or a blended learning experience, but it is helpful guidance with a ton of associated resources. If you are looking to create a course specific to your organization in the short term, using this helpful guidance is a good place to start.
This year, we are laser-focused on the creation of new materials to help funder organizations on the integration of the Digital Principles into their work. For more info, check out the RFP we issued late last year. The first phase of that is a landscape analysis, which is underway now and should be completed in about 6 weeks. We are committed to sharing these findings publicly once the report is finalized. The next phase of that work will involve creating resources for funder organizations (which can also be reused by implementers) - and will likely be ready for comment (and testing) in the spring/summer.
We are also working on a “Principles in a Box” suite of materials for later this year that will help endorsers run their own Digital Principles-themed events and workshops for staff, partners, and the public. The suite of materials for this will also include easy-to-understand resources for early introduction of the Digital Principles to new organizations or staff.
Finally, there are preliminary items slated for consideration in late FY18/early FY19 - including some version of a certification or training program. The shape of those items is still under consideration, but I suspect will also involve a landscape analysis of the best way to go about generating a program that is:
- Relevant to core audiences
- Adaptable for a variety of contexts
Sorry for the long answer, but I thought it helpful to give a window into our thinking here at DIAL. I’d welcome further thoughts from all in this community. What would be useful for you and your organization? The more specific the answers you can offer, the better “food for thought” for our role as stewards.