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Evaluation is essential to good development. But there are still many myths and misconceptions about what it is - and how it should be used. ODI's Research and Policy in Development Programme (RAPID) has many years' experience supporting evaluation in complex development contexts. In support of the International Year of Evaluation 2015, we've put together our essential 'things to know' about evaluation in 10 infographics. Available in English and French.
10 years of Outcome Mapping [Vimeo Video]Smith, R., Mauremootoo, J., Ambrose, K., & Hearn, S. - 2012, September
This webinar from the Outcome Mapping Learning Community (OMLC) presents the key findings from research conducted into the extent of Outcome Mapping use and the support required for its implementation.
18F Method Cards - A collection of tools to bring human-centered design into your project18F-GSA - 2017 - 18F-GSA, US Governement
18F’s method cards describe how our organization puts human-centered design into practice.
A map that provides a macroscopic, trans-disciplinary introductions to the complexity sciences.
Global development is seeing an exciting paradigm shift. Increasingly, leaders and practitioners recognize that development is not a “complicated” challenge that can be neatly parsed out into separate problems and siloed departments, like assembling a car. Rather, the various tasks of development—poverty eradication, improving governance, climate action, gender equality, and so on—are all connected, making development a “complex” challenge.
My presentation from Scrum Australia 2014 called “40 Agile Methods in 40 Minutes” is available on Slideshare. With 73% of the world using Scrum as their predominant Agile method, this session will …
40 Agile Methods in 40 MinutesSmith, C. - 2015, December 3 - YOW! Australia Software Development Conference, Sydney
5 Emerging Lessons from new research into Empowerment and Accountability in Messy PlacesGaventa, J. - 2019, March 15 - From Poverty to Power
Research guru John Gaventa summarizes the emerging lessons from a new research programme on 'action for empowerment and accountability' in messy places
5 Principles to Guide Adaptive LeadershipRamalingam, B., Nabarro, D., Oqubuy, A., … Wild, L. - 2020, September 11 - Harvard Business Review
How you respond to a crisis will have repercussions for years to come. The Covid-19 pandemic is constantly evolving, with leaders facing unpredictability, imperfect information, multiple unknowns, and the need to identify responses quickly — all while recognizing the multi-dimensional (health-related, economic, social, political, cultural) nature of the crisis. Responding to the crisis requires adaptive leadership, which involves what we refer to as the 4 A’s: Anticipation of likely...
MicroCLIR is a process developed to assess micro-level policy, regulatory, and institutional constraints impacting the performance of specific value chains. The MicroCLIR process was designed to examine how laws and policies, institutions, political economy, and social dynamics impact commercial activity within specific critical sectors. The MicroCLIR process combines the established Commercial Legal and Institutional Reform (CLIR) framework with the Competitiveness Impacts of Business...
6 Reviewing research evidenceNICE - 2012 - In 6. Developing NICE guidelines: the manual - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
A conceptual framework for analysing adaptive capacity and multi-level learning processes in resource governance regimesPahl-Wostl, C. - 2009 - Global Environmental Change, 19(3), 354–365
Governance failures are at the origin of many resource management problems. In particular climate change and the concomitant increase of extreme weather events has exposed the inability of current governance regimes to deal with present and future challenges. Still our knowledge about resource governance regimes and how they change is quite limited. This paper develops a conceptual framework addressing the dynamics and adaptive capacity of resource governance regimes as multi-level learning...
How would you recognize a mode of participation if you see one? Owing to the rapid expansion of political activities in the last decades this question has become increasingly difficult to answer. Neither the development of all-embracing nominal definitions, nor deductive analyses of existing modes of participation seem to be helpful. In addition, the spread of expressive modes of participation makes it hard to avoid purely subjective definitions. The aim of this discussion paper is to...
A Critique of the Claims About Mobile Phones and Kerala Fisherman. The Importance of the Context of Complex Social SystemsSteyn, J. - 2016 - The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, 74(0)
This paper challenges some fundamental aspects of research and conclusions relating to the use of technology for community development. Views of technology, in this case the mobile phone, as a tool for increased economic welfare are often skewed due to extreme reductionism, ambiguous interview questions and poor data sources. Research of complex social systems or sub-systems give the wrong answers when reductionist methodologies are used. To demonstrate such shortcomings, the 2007 paper of...
A diagnostic approach for going beyond panaceasOstrom, E. - 2007 - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(39), 15181–15187
A flowering of approaches to complexity and development?Thorpe, I. - 2015, May 15 - KM on a Dollar a Day
We are an important juncture in development at the moment with the Sustainable Development Goals due to be finalized later this year, and with discussion now turning full swing into what needs to h…
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