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Strengthening the results chain: Synthesis of case studies of results-based management by providers (OECD Development Policy Papers No. 7)Zwart, R. - 2017 - OECD
This paper presents an analysis of evidence from seven case studies of results-based management by development co-operation providers. Analysis of themes from the case studies reveal six interrelated challenges which providers face in their efforts to manage for the results of development co-operation. The six challenges are: linking results to development goals, ensuring the purpose of results systems is well-defined, weighing up the benefits of aggregating and attributing results from...
Participatory evaluation. What is it? Why do it? What are the challenges?Zukoski, A., & Luluquisen, M. - 2002 - Community-Based Public Health Policy & Practice
Yogi Berra was right when he remarked, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll wind up somewhere else.” When we collectively apply our hopes and energies to improving our communities, how do we know if we’re making the right choices along the way? How will we notice when we are spinning our wheels and what changes to make? How will we know that we are making a difference? And how will we know what success looks like to everyone in the group? By taking a community-based public health...
Considerations for planning a post project evaluation during the project, at the end, or after it has closed.
Adapting data collection and utilisation to a Covid-19 reality: Monitoring, evaluation and learning approaches for adaptive management (Briefing Paper, p. 11)Ziegler, J., & Mason, P. - 2020 - ODI/GLAM
This briefing note focuses on the remote collection and use of data for adaptive management during the Covid-19 pandemic, setting out key considerations to help practitioners think through a transition from more ‘traditional’ monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) to MEL for adaptive management (MEL4AM) that reflects the unique data collection challenges presented by Covid-19. The brief provides an overview of some key considerations in remote data collection, when this is required, and...
USAID Wildlife Asia as a case study in adaptive rigour (Briefing Paper, p. 13)Ziegler, J. - 2020 - ODI/GLAM
This briefing note looks at how the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Wildlife Asia programme has operationalised the concepts of adaptive rigour and adaptive management as part of its approach to collaborating, learning and adapting. As described by the Global Learning for Adaptive Management (GLAM) initiative, adaptive rigour is about ensuring that the data, information, methods, processes and systems that underpin adaptive management are robust, systematic and...
Data and monitoring needs for a more ecological agricultureZaks, D. P. M., & Kucharik, C. J. - 2011 - Environmental Research Letters, 6(1), 014017
Information on the life-cycle environmental impacts of agricultural production is often limited. As demands grow for increasing agricultural output while reducing its negative environmental impacts, both existing and novel data sources can be leveraged to provide more information to producers, consumers, scientists and policy makers. We review the components and organization of an agroecological sensor web that integrates remote sensing technologies and in situ sensors with models in order...
Engaging Stakeholders in Planning for Sea Level Rise and ResilienceYusuf, J.-E. (Wie), John, B. S., Covi, M., & Nicula, J. G. - 2018 - Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education, 164(1), 112–123
This case study describes a region-wide, multi-sectoral, and whole-of-community stakeholder engagement approach for addressing sea level rise (SLR) and flooding. This approach was implemented through a university-led community engagement event, the Hampton Roads Resilient Region Reality Check (H4RC), which allowed an examination of its effectiveness as a mechanism for capturing community-wide perceptions regarding SLR, flooding, and associated risks; engaging stakeholders in discussion...
Rapid outcome mapping approach: a guide to policy engagement and influence (p. 84)Young, J., Shaxson, L., Jones, harry, … Cassidy, C. - 2014 - ODI
Is integrated coastal management an effective framework for promoting coastal sustainability in China’s coastal cities?Ye, G., Chou, L. M., Yang, S., … Jin, C. - 2015 - Marine Policy, 56, 48–55
Integrated coastal management (ICM) has been introduced and promoted globally for nearly half a century. About 12% of China’s coastline has now come under the ICM governance framework to address the environmental and management challenges. To test the effectiveness of ICM in China, three coastal cities that adopted the ICM framework were selected as case studies. The ICM indicators in terms of governance, environment and socioeconomic aspects were designed for quantitatively evaluating the...
Barriers to Political Analysis in Aid Bureaucracies: From Principle to Practice in DFID and the World BankYanguas, P., & Hulme, D. - 2015 - World Development, 74, 209–219
Politics has become a central concern in development discourse, and yet the use of political analysis as a means for greater aid effectiveness remains limited and contested within development agencies. This article uses qualitative data from two governance “leaders” – the United Kingdom Department for International Development and the World Bank – to analyze the administrative hurdles facing the institutionalization of political analysis in aid bureaucracies. We find that programing,...
What have we learned about learning? Unpacking the relationship between knowledge and organisational change in development agencies (Discussion Paper No. 9/2021)Yanguas, P. - 2021 - DIE - Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik
Development cooperation has spent decades wrangling over the merits, evidence, and implications of what we may term “the learning hypothesis”: the idea that increased knowledge by development organisations must logically lead to increased effectiveness in the performance of their development activities. Organisations of all stripes have built research and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) departments, adopted a multitude of knowledge management systems and tools, and tinkered with...
Foreign aid is about charity. International development is about technical fixes. At least that is what we, as donor publics, are constantly told. The result is a highly dysfunctional aid system which mistakes short-term results for long-term transformation and gets attacked across the political spectrum, with the right claiming we spend too much, and the left that we don't spend enough. The reality, as Yanguas argues in this highly provocative book, is that aid isn't – or at least...
Future Democracies - Laboratory of Collective Intelligence for Participatory Democracy (Yago Bermejo, Ed.)Yago Bermejo (Ed.) - 2019 - MediaLab Prado
The Laboratory of Collective Intelligence for Participatory Democracy (2016-2019) is a project that arose out of Medialab Prado in coordination with the Government Area of Citizen Participation, Transparency and Open Government of the city of Madrid. Its work has been very connected with the analysis, reflection and innovation found on the digital participation platform Decide Madrid. The project has also organised many workshops and conferences that have brought together hundreds of people...
Evaluation and learning in complex, rapidly changing health systems: China’s management of health sector reformXiao, Y., Husain, L., & Bloom, G. - 2018 - Globalization and Health, 14(1), 112
Healthcare systems are increasingly recognised as complex, in which a range of non-linear and emergent behaviours occur. China’s healthcare system is no exception. The hugeness of China, and the variation in conditions in different jurisdictions present very substantial challenges to reformers, and militate against adopting one-size-fits-all policy solutions. As a consequence, approaches to change management in China have frequently emphasised the importance of sub-national experimentation,...
Future oriented conservation: knowledge governance, uncertainty and learningWyborn, C., van Kerkhoff, L., Dunlop, M., … Guevara, O. - 2016 - Biodiversity and Conservation, 25(7), 1401–1408
Despite signiﬁcant progress in understanding climate risks, adaptation efforts in biodiversity conservation remain limited. Adaptation requires addressing immediate conservation threats while also attending to long term, highly uncertain and potentially transformative future changes. To date, conservation research has focused more on projecting climate impacts and identifying possible strategies, rather than understanding how governance enables or constrains adaptation actions. We outline an...
CABUNGO, a Malawian NGO, recently evaluated its own performance using the Most Significant Change approach. Rebecca Wrigley describes how, with the support of stakeholders,CABUNGO learned to improve its services.
Using beneficiary feedback to improve development programmes: findings from a multi-country pilotWorld Vision - 2016 - World Vision
This briefing summarises the findings from Beneficiary Feedback Mechanisms pilots and is intended to inform organisations and their funders about the development and implementation of feedback mechanisms.
Learning and Results in World Bank Operations: Toward a New Learning StrategyWorld Bank - 2015 - IEG , The World Bank
This report is the second in a program of evaluations that the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) is conducting on the learning that takes place through World Bank projects. Learning and knowledge are treated as parts of a whole and are presumed to be mutually reinforcing.
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