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“Development”: A visual story of shifting powerFaciolince, M., & Obando, H. - 2021, March 23 - From Poverty to Power
The work of shifting power is fundamentally the work of changing our gaze. People act on how they see, and to change how we see, is to radically change how we act. By not exploring other forms of expressing, looking and creating, we’re limiting ourselves. The development space is fixated on the written word. ... This exhibit, called “‘Development’: a visual story of shifting power”, tells the story of ‘development’, from its origin to its current challenge, from its contradictions to its...
A Guide to Assessing the Political Economy of Domestic Climate Change Governance [Working Paper]Worker, J., & Palmer, N. - 2021 - World Resources Institute
This paper discusses how understanding the domestic political economy of climate governance is critical for developing informed strategies to build and sustain political ambition. It provides guidance and a methodology for domestic stakeholders to determine the types of institutional reforms, incentives, coalitions, and policy design that can entrench long-term political support for climate ambition. The assessment can also help users identify political barriers to more equitable climate...
Theory-Based Approaches to Evaluation: Concepts and PracticesTreasury Board of Canada Secretariat - 2021 - Government of Canada
This document introduces some of the key concepts of theory-based approaches to evaluation. It is hoped that readers will be encouraged by the information and advice provided in this document and will explore the use (e.g., through pilot evaluations) of theory-based approaches to evaluation in a federal setting. To support this, Sections 1.0 to 8.0 of the document describe the general application of theory-based approaches to evaluation, and Sections 9.0 and 10.0 discuss the potential...
The Future of Development: “Make Happen” with Portfolios of OptionsCHÔRA Foundation - 2021 - CHÔRA Foundation
This Green Paper intends to review key elements of the problem that Development actors will confront as a new decade opens up ahead of us. It will articulate a solution that we believe should become an inherent feature of Development programs and initiatives. This is the outcome of an intense period of experiences and reflections in the Development space across different geographies and institutional mandates and activities, during which the Foundation has collaborated with institutions such...
LearnAdapt: a synthesis of our work on adaptive programming with DFID/FCDO (2017–2020) (Briefing Note)Laws, E., Pett, J., Proud, E., & Rocha Menocal, A. - 2021 - ODI
Key takeaways. • Development is not linear or straightforward, but rather complex, uncertain and context-specific. This calls for international development actors to work differently, in ways that are based on deliberate experimentation, learning and adaptation, to inform decisions and drive effective development. • Although it might go by different names, adaptive programming has been used in a variety of areas and fields in both the public and private sectors. Development practitioners...
Value for money and adaptive programming - Approaches, measures and management [Working Paper]Laws, E., & Valters, C. - 2021 - ODI
- The United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)’s standard economy, efficiency, effectiveness/cost-effectiveness and equity (4E) framework is still relevant for approaching, measuring and managing value for money (VfM) for adaptive programmes. • However, this framework needs to be reframed to capture and incentivise flexibility, learning and adaptation. • VfM appraisal and reporting should be done in a way that draws on beneficiary feedback and informs good...
International aid must use different approaches to address the massive systemic problems it seeks to solve.
Linking the prepositions: using power analysis to inform strategies for social actionGaventa, J. - 2021 - Journal of Political Power, 0(0), 1–22
This article reviews longstanding debates about the relationship between power over and power to – often posed as the tension between domination and emancipation. It then turns to several frameworks which integrate these approaches to inform strategies for social action. In particular, it focuses on recent empirical studies which apply one such framework, the ‘powercube’, to glean insights into how social actors navigate across multiple forms, spaces and levels of power. In so doing, we gain...
A fair amount has been written recently questioning the value added of theories of change. Have we gone through a hype cycle? Are they…
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USAID ADS 201 - Operational Policy for the Program Cycle (Update 01/23/2021) (p. 151)USAID - 2021 - USAID
The Program Cycle is USAID’s operational model for planning, delivering, assessing, and adapting development programming in a given region or country to advance U.S. foreign policy. It encompasses guidance and procedures for: 1) Making strategic decisions at the regional or country level about programmatic areas of focus and associated resources; 2) Designing projects and supportive activities to implement strategic plans; and 3) Learning from performance monitoring, evaluations, and other...
Engage. Empower. Enact. - Citizen Engagement & Democratic Innovation Programme White Paper (p. 26)Doyle, L., & Smith, B. - 2021 - Cognitive Edge
The Cynefin Centre’s Citizen Engagement & Democratic Innovation programme provides tools for collective sense-making in the areas of community development and youth work; civic engagement and democratic innovation; collaborative service/policy design and evaluation; housing/tenant engagement; futures and planning; shared learning and peer to peer knowledge exchange.
Co-Creating Digital Public ServicesJarke, J. - 2021 - In J. Jarke (Ed.), Co-creating Digital Public Services for an Ageing Society: Evidence for User-centric Design (pp. 15–52) - Springer International Publishing
This chapter reviews key literature and concepts relating to the co-creation of digital public services. For this task, it is firstly important to consider what kind of digital public services may be suitable for co-creation. In order to do so, the first section of this chapter defines what a digital public service is (e.g. with respect to different types of service providers, different types of services and service delivery) and considers what kind of digital public services allow for...
Co-creating Digital Public Services for an Ageing Society: Evidence for User-centric DesignJarke, J. - 2021 - Springer International Publishing
This open access book attends to the co-creation of digital public services for ageing societies. Increasingly public services are provided in digital form; their uptake however remains well below expectations. In particular, amongst older adults the need for public services is high, while at the same time the uptake of digital services is lower than the population average. One of the reasons is that many digital public services (or e-services) do not respond well to the life worlds, use...
Don’t Build It: A Guide For Practitioners In Civic Tech / Tech For DevelopmentJordan, L. - 2021 - Grassroot and MIT Governance Lab
If you just remember these... If you can avoid building it, don’t build it; if you have to build it, hire a CTO, ship early, and mature long; and no matter what, draw on a trusted crew, build lean and fast, and get close to and build with your users as soon as possible. --- This guide aims to help you avoid bad projects, structure the team right, ship and learn quicker, and mature longer. The guide starts with project selection, including why the best project to select is no project at...
Make better use of your data and information to learn, improve and tell an evidenced story of the difference your organisation is making.
Online Learning and collaborative platform for systems thinking and systems changeSI - 2021 - Systems Innovation
Small Foundation Network Partner Evaluation Toolkit: Network Evaluation for Network CoordinatorsSmall Foundation - 2021
This Toolkit This Toolkit presents an approach to network evaluation that is designed for network coordinators. This Toolkit provides guidance for network coordinators on how to: • More effectively use information they are already collecting as part of their routine coordination duties; • Collect other useful data that would support their network’s health and development; • Integrate network evaluation tasks into network activities, like convenings, to streamline the process; • Use data to...
Small Foundation Network Partner Evaluation Toolkit Network Evaluation for Network Coordinators Frequently Asked QuestionsSmall Foundation - 2021 - Small Foundation
This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is written for Small Foundation network partners. It accompanies Network Partner Evaluation Toolkit, which outlines four evaluation tools that Small Foundation is encouraging, and supporting, its network partners to use to improve their operations and, ultimately, increase their impact. This FAQ document answers typical questions about these evaluation tools and provides additional detailed recommendations for how network coordinators can...
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