Resources: Impact Fellowships Summit

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We’ve crowdsourced this list of online resources to help fellowship programs navigate new challenges. Please consider nominating other resources for this page.

IREX is committed to helping the fellowship community adapt its work during these challenging times. If you have questions or comments, feel free to contact us.

For the latest updates on COVID-19, please consult sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

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Online events and webinars

Free Weekly Career Impact Chats
Dates: Thursdays at noon EST (ongoing)
Organizer: PCDN

Accessibility & Equity Webinar Series
Organizer: Respectability

Best Practices for Collecting Demographic Data with a DEI Lens
Organizer: IREX

Fellowships and Social Justice: How to Support Leaders on the Front Lines of Equity and Inclusion
Organizer: IREX (panel)

Free Nonprofit Webinars 
Organizer: Nonprofit Learning Lab

Free Webinars: Resources for Virtual Work
Organizer: Bridging Distance

Getting Ahead of the Curve with Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
Organizer: Grantspace

How Your Nonprofit Can Recruit & Retain Digital Sponsors
Organizer: Nonprofit Tech For Good

Impact Fellowships Research: Taking the Next Step
Organizers: IREX & ProFellow

Managed Serendipity: Facilitating Inclusive Connections that Count
Organizer: IREX

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Introductory Course
Organizer: Save the Children

Our Work in DEI: Learning from 2020
Organizer: IREX

Self-Care and Wellness for Leaders
Organizer: IREX

Taking Forward Fellowship Industry Research Recommendations
Organizer: IREX


General resources

Building social trust: “The Trust Factor” (IREX and the Chandler Foundation)

Challenges and solutions for fellowship programs during the pandemic: Crowdsourced discussion sheet (IREX)

Conducting youth-led assessments: Youth-Led Labor Market Assessment Framework and Guide (IREX)

COVID-19 and global development: "For the Global Development Community, COVID-19 Poses Big Questions" (Devex)

Developing leadership: “Dynamic Leaders for Just, Prosperous, and Inclusive Societies” (IREX)

Healthy information engagement: “Learn to Discern (L2D) Media Literacy Training” (IREX)

Leadership during COVID-19: "Crisis Leadership During the Coronavirus Pandemic and Xenophobia" (International Leadership Association Inc.)

Responding to COVID-19: "How IREX Can Help Communities Respond to COVID-19 or Prepare for Future Pandemics" (IREX)

Strengthening soft skills: “Youth Essential Skills Toolkit” (PDF, 1.2 MB; IREX)

Strengthening youth-led networks: Can Youth-Led Networks Take Development to Scale in Kenya? Developing a Learning Agenda (IREX)

Success stories: How alumni for exchange programs are making a difference during the pandemic (U.S. Department of State)

Toolkit for virtual exchanges: Virtual Exchange Toolkit (PDF, 592 KB; U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs)


Courses on accessibility: 

Creating accessible forms: The Ultimate Guide to Creating Accessible Submission Forms (Submittable)

Disability rights: “NCDE: Your Disability & Exchange Resource” (MIUSA)

Recommendations for individuals with disabilities: "Disability-Specific Recommendations for COVID-19" (New Mobility)

Tips for online platforms: “Accessibility Tips for Zoom and Other Virtual Programs” (MIUSA)

Virtual exchanges: "Accessible Virtual Exchanges" (Mobility International USA)

Going virtual

Accessibility tips: “Accessibility Tips for Zoom and Other Virtual Programs” (MIUSA)

Collaborating and learning online: Online Collaboration Guide for Facilitators (IREX)

Forum for discussion: "COVID-19 International Development Forum" (Devpolicy Blog)

Improving your online conference: "5 Strategies for Making Your Virtual Conference as Valuable as a Face-to-Face Event" (Trade Show News Network)

Leadership for the greater good: "Reflections on the 2020 Pandemic" (International Leadership Association)

Online facilitation:

Software for online applications: "Standing Together: Software to Manage Emergency Grants and Relief Funds" (Submittable)

Technology checklist: "30 Questions to Ask When Evaluating a Virtual Event Platform" (Bizzabo)

Tips for effective remote work: "Now That You’re Working Remotely—How to Make It Work" (Harvard Business Publishing)

Webinar on facilitation: "How to Succeed at Virtual Facilitation" (Action Learning Associates)


Business and management: Understanding Diversity and Inclusion (Purdue University & FutureLearn)

Community development training: Inclusion of Minorities in Community Development (Alison)

COVID-19 and gender equality: "COVID-19: What Does This Mean for Gender?" (Geneva Centre for Security Policy)

Demographic data collection: “How We Collect Data Determines Whose Voice Is Heard”  (Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation)

Disability and inclusion: Disability Inclusion Resources (AmeriCorps & Senior Corps)

Disability rights: “NCDE: Your Disability & Exchange Resource” (MIUSA)

Disability rights library: “United States International Council on Disabilities Library” (USICD)

Inclusive data collection: More Than Numbers: A Guide Toward Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Data Collection (Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation)

Inclusive design for online education: Basics of Inclusive Design for Online Education (Coursera)

Inclusive leadership training: Leading with Effective Communication (CatalystX & edX)

Leadership during a crisis: Crises As a Catalyst: A Call for Race Equity & Inclusive Leadership (ProInspire)

Leadership management:

Refining questions: “Knowing What Disability Questions to Ask: Sample Accommodations Forms” (MIUSA)

Social inclusion toolkit: The TAAP Toolkit and Guide for Inclusive Development (TAAP)

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

Approach: “Outcome Harvesting” (BetterEvaluation)

Inclusive demographic data collection: More Than Numbers: A Guide Toward Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Data Collection (Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation)

Program report: The ProInspire Fellowship in Digital Finance: Executive Summary and Program Learnings (PDF, 1.2 MB; ProInspire)

Trends in fellowships: 2020 Fellowship Industry Report (ProInspire)


Business courses for leadership: "Business Courses on edX" (edX)

Data skills: “Data Skills for Leaders” (IREX)

Focus and productivity: "How to Stay Laser-Focused and Productive during Coronavirus" (CNBC)

Motivating remote staff: "COVID-19 Pandemic: Supervisor Tips & Tools for Motivating Remote Staff to Stay Engaged and Productive" (University of Pittsburgh)

Productivity and morale: "Fostering Employee Productivity and Morale through COVID-19" (McKinsey)

Remote work: "32 Proven Tips For Working From Home" (People Managing People)

Tips for working from home: "9 Tips To Be Productive When Working at Home During COVID-19" (Forbes)


Free-time activities: "Fun Activities To Keep You Busy During The COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place" (City of Los Altos)

Online art events: "Online Arts Events During the COVID-19 Outbreak" (Creative Capital)

Online courses for health, safety, and education: "Catalog of Online Courses" (Harvard University)

Social distancing & self-quarantine: "Coronavirus, Social and Physical Distancing and Self-Quarantine" (Johns Hopkins Medicine)

Recordings from the 2020 Impact Fellowships Summit