Adapted from the OHCHR Toolkit:
How-to guides give practical and operational guidance within a specific area of work of FAO. They provide practical suggestions on how to implement a task or project in the best possible way to achieve the objectives effectively.
Step 1: Identify the issue
Identify the activity for which you want to develop the How-to guide. This should be a recurrent activity for which the organization would benefit from consistency in the way the activity is undertaken.
Step 2: Research
Information resources for data and expertise collection can include existing manuals and guidelines produced by FAO and other organizations, lessons learned if they have been captured, mission reports, reports, templates of letters, standard messages and e-mails.
Step 3: Drafting
Step 4: Reviewing
A small (up to six people) well targeted group can set up a Peer Assist for the planning, design and development of the How-to guide. They should be willing to comment on the outline and structure of the Guide, and at a later stage, on its detailed contents.
Step 5: Dissemination
The How-to guide can be posted on the Intranet, disseminated through newsletters and presented in coffee briefings or in section, branch or field presence meetings.
Step 6: Follow-up
A content review and update one year after completion is recommended. This should include a review of the use and usefulness of the guide by selected field presences. This feedback should be used to update and revise the How-to guide if necessary.