Guidelines for Producing Development Education Resources


The Guidelines for Producing Development Education Resources are offered to development educators, teachers, youth workers, writers and development workers in non-governmental organisations as a stimulus tool for planning and producing resources.

Author: Fiona Coyle, Tony Daly, Mary Hanlon, Eimear McNally and Ciara Regan

Publisher:, Dóchas and Irish Development Education Association (IDEA)

Year: 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9930234-1-5

Pages: 26

Country of Origin: Ireland

Keywords: Narrative, resource production, style, guidelines, marketing, learning outcomes, attitudes, skills, actions, curriculum, toolkit

Target Audience: Adult and Community Settings Early Years Higher Education Junior Cycle Junior Primary Senior Cycle Senior Primary Transition Year Whole School Youth Groups

Available Formats: Guidelines Research Document

Tags: Adult Education Education Teaching

Available from:

Download Guidelines for Producing DE Resources PDF (1.7MB)

Download the 1 page Checklist for users and producers of resources PDF (135KB)

FAQs are available below.

Print copies (free) of the guidelines are also available. Contact Irish Aid,, Dóchas and IDEA directly to check availability.

For more info contactTony or call (01) 2860487



The guidelines for producing development education resources were jointly produced by, the Development Education Working Group of Dóchas and the Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) following a national consultation in spring 2014.

The guidelines have been designed to act as a supportive and practical tool for anyone to use – whether a teacher, a youth worker or development education workers in adult and community settings – rather than as a prescriptive set of instructions.

Some of the key supporting characteristics of the guidelines include:

  • To recognise that anyone can produce a resource
  • To support reflection on the ‘needs’ and ‘demands’ of target audiences, potential and actual impact of a resource. Make evaluation a permanent feature of resource development (before, during and after production)
  • To learn from others: knowing resources already developed can assist in seeing ‘what’s out there’ already. Education practitioners have a lot to contribute to the development of a resource and can field test take-up
  • To use a range of tips, suggestions and examples in project planning (such as curriculum link choices)
  • To consider the four key dimensions of development education as potential indicators for building a resource: i) knowledge and ideas, ii) values and perceptions, iii) capabilities and skills, iv) experiences and actions
  • To make decisions about content, context and driving narrative or voices (what perspectives are presented – i.e. African, Latin America, privileged, European, Male, official position, female, economic, child etc. )
  • To make decisions about educational approaches and learning outcomes – choosing appropriate indicators to fit the overall outcome of the resource.

The document has been divided into 6 key phases for considering resource production:

Phase 1: Needs analysis and planning

Phase 2: Content, researching world development and educational issues

Phase 3: Presentation style and technical dimensions

Phase 4: Piloting and revising draft materials

Phase 5: Printing, marketing and distribution

Phase 6: The evaluation cycle

A further links section is also included which provides access to a range of sector specific codes and guidelines to assist further research and reading with hyperlinks for onward links.

Further Reading

Read: blog post detailing background and context to the development of the guidelines

An audit of Irish development education resources from 2000-2012 presents an overview of resources produced across a 12 year period divided by themes and education sectors

Other Info


1.Why were the guidelines produced?

Following the conclusions of the 2013 research report, An Audit of Irish Development Education Resources, which focused on trends and developments from DE resources produced in Ireland from 2000 to 2012, the team was supported by Irish Aid to jointly develop the guidelines in conjunction with Dóchas and IDEA and was initiated in November 2013.

From the outset the Guidelines were to be offered as a tool for anyone – individuals, education workers and NGOs – that may be planning to produce a resource for development education (DE) purposes in formal and non-formal education contexts.

As stated in the introduction:

  • Ireland has a long and respected tradition of producing quality development education resources at all levels that stretches back more than 40 years. This tradition is something we need to learn from, build upon and extend as we continue to highlight the issues and challenges at the core of development education and related areas.
  • Resources will always remain a product of their time and as development issues, curricula and learning contexts change, so too must resources– whether it’s content, format or methodologies.
  • The changing realities of development and human rights as well as those of learning require an ongoing process of resource development and renewal.

A central aim of the project was to broadly supporting the ‘resources agenda’ of development education in Ireland.

2. At what point can I start consulting the guidelines?

The guidelines can be used at any point during the production of a resource. We would suggest reading them in advance of your resource project in order to give proper time and space for needs analysis and planning; content theme choices; narrative style; educational approaches and other crucial questions to consider when developing a basic plan for your resource.

There are many tips boxes, stimulus questions and suggestions made to support the production process. We would suggest starting with the Checklist for users and resource producers located at the start of the resource (and available above).

3. Is an online version of the guidelines being produced?

Yes! An online version of the guidelines will be made available in Spring 2015. Please check back soon.

4. How were the guidelines produced?

Dec 2013 – March 2014: An initial designed draft was produced by the Guidelines Coordinating Committee. The Guidelines were informed by relevant research, guidelines and toolkits (these are detailed at ‘Supporting resources and further links’ section on page 22 of the guidelines) which are referenced in the footnotes.

April – May 2014: This document was then presented and opened to public consultation in spring 2014 involving teachers, educators and development workers from non-governmental organisations across Ireland. Written submissions in response to the initial draft were also accepted in April and May 2014. Approximately 40 individuals and organisations were involved in these stakeholder feedback processes.

June – Sept 2014: Written and recorded oral feedback reviewed by the Coordinating Committee. Guidelines re-written and re-designed to integrate suggestions made. Amendments finalised and agreed.

October – guidelines launched in print and made available online.

5. Who produced the guidelines?

The Guidelines were written by the Guidelines Coordinating Committee:

Fiona Coyle - Dóchas
Tony Daly -
Mary Hanlon - Plan International and chair of the Dóchas Development Education Working Group
Eimear McNally - Irish Development Education Association
Ciara Regan -
with additional support from Patsy Toland and Colm Regan.

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