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Contribution analysis for adaptive management

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Title
Contribution analysis for adaptive management
Abstract
This briefing note shares practical learning on the use of contribution analysis for adaptive management (CA4AM). It examines how the approach enables programmes to work with theories of change in a practical, reflexive way, and how, combined with assessing evidence of a programme’s contribution to change, its findings can inform programme adaptation. It also examines both how and to what extent CA enables AM through the experiences of four large complex programmes all working towards systems-level change and employing a structured process of reflection on theories of change. Key messages CA4AM can enable programmes to work with theories of change in a practical, reflexive way. It is particularly useful for programmes operating in conditions of complexity, when it is difficult to discern attribution and when systems-level change is the goal. A range of enabling factors help CA4AM to be used most effectively, including contractual flexibility; embedded monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL); and supportive leadership.
Series Title
Briefing Paper
Institution
IDS/GLAM
Date
2020
Pages
14
Language
en
Library Catalog
Zotero
Citation
Apgar, M., Hernandez, K., & Ton, G. (2020). Contribution analysis for adaptive management (Briefing Paper, p. 14). IDS/GLAM.