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Towards evidence-informed adaptive management

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Title
Towards evidence-informed adaptive management
Abstract
Development and humanitarian organisations seeking to be adaptive have emphasised the need to be transparent about complexity and uncertainty; to be honest about their inability to control what happens; and to design programmes that change over time to become more appropriate and relevant. At their heart, adaptive management approaches emphasise the ability to lean, 'unlearn' and adapt programming accordingly. The cornerstone of effective learning is the creation, gathering, accumulation, interpretation and use of data and evidence. This working paper provides development professionals with tools, strategies and ideas to help them use evidence for adaptive management in practical and evidence-informed ways. Key messages - Evidence is central to effective and rigorous adaptive management. However, despite this central importance, exactly how evidence has been used to inform decisions for adapting development and humanitarian programmes in the past remains unobservable to many. - There is a need to strengthen and document evidence-informed adaptive management. This working paper proposes a roadmap to do this. - Those seeking to use evidence for adaptive management will need to manage trade-offs between ensuring a rigorous, documented (and auditable) trail of evidence-informed actions, being pragmatic about the time and resources allocated to documentation and recognising that it may be necessary to proceed without rigorous evidence when it is unavailable.
Report Number
565
Series Title
Working Paper
Institution
ODI/GLAM
Date
2019.11
Pages
24
Language
en
Library Catalog
Zotero
Citation
Hernandez, K., Ramalingam, B., & Wild, L. (2019). Towards evidence-informed adaptive management (No. 565; Working Paper, p. 24). ODI/GLAM.