• Our Training Methods and Objectives

    This Learning Management System (or LMS) is the primary mechanism for delivering GRID3 training. Our training spans a range of topics in geospatial data and technologies, and reflects our core themes - human settlement, demographics and characteristics, health, education and infrastructure. The focus of GRID3 Training is practical tools and methods enabling people to explore these subjects in detail.

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are covered extensively (both their practical use and application). The open source statistical application 'R' also features, in the context of population modelling (estimation). Finally, reflecting our close asociation with national census apparatus, you can find training on household survey planning and implementation.    

    GRID3 Training Pathways

    In order to provide the most relevant appropriate training to groups and individuals we devised a planning aid known as the Training Pathways. This can be broadly translated as, "Which training courses are most suitable for my occupation, and what can they help me to achieve?"

    Training pathway stepsGRID3 training pathways - thumbnail link to full diagram

    How is GRID3 Training Delivered?

    What are the modalities of learning with GRID3? We use a combination of methods from the traditional classroom to the virtual 'on-screen' classroom, adopting a blended learning approach incorporating different media and technologies to suit the context. At GRID3 we must regularly adapt our approach to suit varied and often challenging country environments in which we work. The diagram presents some of these models:

    Methods of training delivery

    GRID3 Capacity Strengthening Solutions

    Training, as described on these pages is just one component of a broader capacity strengthening strategy and set of objectives at GRID3. Our broad aims and objectives are summarised as follows; we aim to:
      • Make crucial geo-referenced data available and useful for decision makers.
      • Strengthening countries’ capacity to produce and use those data by providing training and technical assistance
      • develop country-specific partnerships that bring government, science, and civil society together.

    Further details on our wider capacity strengthening activities and strategy, visit our main project website: