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Big Data to Data Science -Moving from “What” to “How” in the MERL Tech Space (p. 20)Bertermann, K., Robinson, A., Bamberger, M., … Raftre, L. - 2020 - MERL Tech
This paper probes trends in the use of big data by a community of early adopters working in monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) in the development and humanitarian sectors. Qualitative analysis was conducted on data from MERL Tech conference records and key informant interviews. Findings indicate that MERL practitioners are in a fragmented, experimental phase, with use and application of big data varying widely, accompanied by shifting terminologies. We take an in-depth...
Emerging Technologies and Approaches in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning for International Development Programs (p. 20)Bruce, K., Gandhi, V. J., & Vandelanotte, J. - 2020 - MERL Tech
Emerging technology is making monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) more precise and enriching data. However, this evolution is so rapid that it can be difficult to stay informed about the field overall. This paper presents examples of emerging technology that are most often used in MERL for development programs, describes the pros and cons of their use, and discusses technology and ethics concerns that practitioners should keep in mind. The paper covers new types of data...
Dynamic knowledge management strategy development in international non-governmental organisationsWalsh, J. N., & Lannon, J. - 2020 - Knowledge Management Research & Practice, 0(0), 1–12
Knowledge management strategies are important for firms’ competitive positioning. This paper examines how knowledge management codification and personalisation strategies are developed in response to environmental and organisational dynamics in an international non-governmental organisation. A longitudinal case study of the organisation’s strategic reformulation of its KM strategy over a 2.5 period is drawn upon. The research examines how pressures in the firm’s operating environment led to...
Innovation for Development Impact: Lessons from the OECD Development Assistance CommitteeOECD - 2020 - OECD
The development co-operation community needs to innovate to meet the global challenges ahead. Although it has an established track record for innovating partnerships, funding instruments and technologies, they are not enough to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. This report synthesises the lessons emerging from an OECD Development Assistance Committee peer learning exercise on how innovation efforts can be strengthened, individually and collectively, to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The...
Reflection on how DFID was created.
Looking for a way out of aid’s pre-pandemic mess? A model based on cakeBaguios, A. - 2020, June 12 - From Poverty to Power
Arbie Baguios presents his ideas on how to reform the aid system
Thinking and working politically with technology: State of the art meets art of the stateThampi, G., & Nixon, N. - 2020, June 5 - From Poverty to Power
Based on its work in Sri Lanka, The Asia Foundation argues for greater attention to the local political dynamics into which digital solutions are introduced
What We Know About Traditional MERL Tech - Insights from a Scoping Review (p. 27)Tilton, Z., Harnar, M., Raftree, L., … Behr, M. - 2020 - Western Michigan University
This paper explores the peer-reviewed evidence base of “traditional” technology-enabled monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL Tech) in international development assistance from 2015 to 2019. The authors conducted a scoping review that searched seven databases, screened 3,054 reference titles and abstracts, coded 886 abstracts, and extracted and analyzed conclusions and recommendations from the full texts of 256 studies. The findings reveal the most frequently reported...
Smart Implementation of complex change processesBeier, C., & Kirsch, R. - 2020 - Global Solutions Journal, 5, 206–211
Cooperation management facilitates the recoupling of progress toward sustainable development
Uncertainty and COVID-19: A turning point for Monitoring Evaluation, Research and Learning? - A discussion note for aid actors, policymakers and practitionersTyrrel, L., Roche, C., & Jackson, E. - 2020 - Abt Associates
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly shifted the context in which aid and development is being delivered. The global scale of the pandemic and the speed at which it is spreading mean that the ‘normal’ economic, ideological and organisational influences which shape (if not determine) aid delivery are in flux. This means that – for a relatively short-period – there is scope for aid actors to work collectively to embed more locally-led, politically-informed and adaptive forms of MERL in aid...
Few topics inspire as much confusion and debate as systemic change. What is it? How do you measure it? Does it even matter? Assessing changes in systems might be more doable than you think. This webinar explored a back-to-basics approach to assessing system change. In November 2019, thirty results measurement specialists, managers and consultants got together in Bangkok. They took part in workshops on a back-to-basics approach to assessing system changes, applying it to cases from...
Deciding Well in Tumultuous TimesMoss, I. D. - 2020, April 24 - Smarter Decisions for a Better World
Practical advice for donors and institutions responding to COVID-19
In September of 2014, USAID’s Office of Learning, Evaluation & Research (LER) awarded the Learning and Knowledge Management (LEARN) contract to Dexis Consulting Group and subcontractor RTI International.1 This document—the End of Contract Report—captures five and half years of results and reflections for our stakeholders. Our intention is to share the good and the bad, and while this report would not be considered a “tell all,” we think we have a story worth sharing, particularly to USAID...
How Do Donor-led Empowerment and Accountability Activities Take Scale into Account? Evidence from DFID Programmes in Contexts of Fragility, Conflict and Violence (Working Paper No. 536)Anderson, C., Fox, J., & Gaventa, J. - 2020 - IDS
Development donors invest significantly in governance reform, including in contexts characterised by conflict and fragility. However, there is relatively little comparative study of their change strategies, and little understanding of what works and why. This paper explores the strategies of six recent DFID-funded programmes in Mozambique, Myanmar, and Pakistan with empowerment and accountability aims. Document review and field interviews are used to analyse the application of multi-scalar...
Adaptive leadership in the coronavirus response (p. 8) [Briefing note]Ramalingam, B., Wild, L., & Ferrari, M. - 2020 - ODI
The coronavirus pandemic poses unprecedented challenges to science, policy and the interface between the two. How – and how quickly – policy-makers, practitioners and researchers react to this emerging and complex crisis is making a profound difference to people’s lives and livelihoods (WHO, 2020). But how can we ensure effective collective decision-making on the basis of emerging evidence, changing trends and shifting scientific understanding, all in the face of considerable uncertainty?...
Series of blog posts discussing the last version (as of 2020) of the Cynefin framework.
Adaptation in practice: lessons from teenage pregnancy programmes in Sierra Leone [Briefing paper]Castillejo, C., & Buell, S. - 2020 - ODI
A discussion of initial learning emerging from the SLRC ’Adaptive approaches to reducing teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone’ action research project.
Politically informed approaches to gender in fragile and conflict-affected settings (Working Paper No. 578; p. 16)Castillejo, C., Domingo, P., George, R., & O’Connell, S. - 2020 - ODI
This report summarises the discussions at a meeting held in September 2019 of a group of global development research and policy experts and practitioners, convened by ODI and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, to share experiences and knowledge, reflect on what we already know about working politically on gender in fragile and conflict-affected settings (FCAS), and identify what further evidence would be useful. Key messages: - It is important to identify, document and learn from...
Mainsreaming gender in an adaptive, politically smart governance programme - Lessons from Institutions for Inclusive Development in TanzaniaLaws, E. - 2020 - ODI
• This paper looks at the experience of gender mainstreaming in the Institutions for Inclusive Development (I4ID) programme – an adaptive, politically smart governance programme in Tanzania. • When development programmes try to engage with political stakeholders and align with the priorities of wider coalitions there is a danger that gender equality is de-prioritised. • It is important that formal political economy analysis, as well as other data collection, analysis and consultation...
Rethinking value for money for adaptive, politically smart programmes - Lessons from Institutions for Inclusive Development in Tanzania [Briefing note]Laws, E. - 2020 - ODI
- This short paper draws out lessons for working effectively with and through partners, based on the experience of the Institutions for Inclusive Development (I4ID) programme – an adaptive, politically smart governance programme in Tanzania. • Cultivating effective partnerships can be a key part of delivering locally legitimate projects that have the potential to create sustainable change. Adaptive and politically informed ways of working create specific opportunities and challenges for...
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