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Where have we got to on Thinking and Working Politically? Update and a Mildly Heretical Thought. – FP2PGreen, D. - 2022, July 14 - From Poverty to Power
Headed off recently to discuss the state of Thinking and Working Politically within the aid sector. This is a loose network of aid wonks that came together to try and move aid from a pure focus on technical issues, towards taking account of power and politics and why they can facilitate/frustrate attempts to make change happen in any given context. It was great to be in a room with others (50/50 in person and online) – the neurons fire in a way that just doesn’t happen online (but I also...
Great overview of what to read on adaptive management. It’s a long one, so I’ve split it into two – second installment tomorrow. Christian Aid Ireland’s recent publication The Difference Learning Makes by Stephen Gray and Andy Carl made a bit of a splash. The study found that Christian Aid Ireland’s application of adaptive programming contributed to better development outcomes and supported more flexible delivery. The much vaunted MUVA programme in Mozambique is also coming to a close and...
Redefining rigour: using stories to evaluate systems change?Lowther, K. - 2022, May 31 - Centre For Public Impact (CPI)
What might a different way of understanding rigour for work in complex adaptive systems look like?
Rethinking monitoring and evaluation in complex systems — when learning is a result in itselfInnovation, U. - 2022, May 20 - Medium
By Søren Vester Haldrup, UNDP’s Strategic Innovation Unit
Can PDIA become a regular part of how a government works? - Building State CapabilityHarrington, P. - 2022, May 5 - Building State Capability
Institutional change is part of the theory of change of PDIA – scaling through the diffusion of new ways of thinking and greater problem-solving know-how. And once a community of practice reaches critical mass across an eco-system, a tipping point can happen where the eco-system becomes generally more open to novelty, where success is a more effective route to legitimacy, and where leadership is oriented towards value creation.
Innovating for inclusive rigour in peacebuilding evaluationApgar, M., Báez-Silva, Á. M., Deng, A. C., … Wingender, L. - 2022, April 22 - Institute of Development Studies
Inclusive and rigorous peacebuilding evaluation is both vital and complex. In this blog we share examples of how we are innovating our methodologies to move towards participatory and adaptive practice.
Second (and Third) Thoughts on Adaptive Management and Thinking and Working PoliticallyGreen, D. - 2022, April 6 - From Poverty to Power
Self-Critical reflections on AM and TWP. Linking it with The Hype Cycle - "it feels like we are heading downward to the ‘trough of disillusionment’ form the initial peak of ‘inflated expectations’, but we will bounce back to something more sustained, that becomes a permanent feature of the aid landscape".
Getting serious about systems change
Thinking and working politically: What have we learned since 2013? – FP2PGreen, D. - 2022, February 1 - From Poverty to Power
It’s always a red letter day when a new paper from Graham Teskey drops. His most recent is Thinking and working politically: What have we learned since 2013? For those that don’t know him, Graham is a consummate insider-outsider within the aid sector – long stints at DFID (UK), DFAT (Australia) and now Abt (Management Consultants). From this vantage point he has been one of the leading proponents of ‘thinking and working politically’, always ready to call out the hand-wavey academics and...
PFM Reform Through PDIA: What Works and When it WorksHarris, J., & Lawson, A. - 2022, January 31 - Public Financial Management Blog - IMF
Lessons for PFM Reform - the PDIA Approach in AfricaBento, J. - 2021, September 27 - Public Financial Management Blog - IMF
Some important lessons are as follows: First, identifying a policy problem is critical for reforms to get traction both at a political and administrative level. Second, appropriate solutions can emerge from a process of experimentation, iteration, and adaptation. Third, building teams and institutional capabilities is a critical part of solving complex problems in a sustainable way.
What can Australia learn from the public service revolution taking hold in Europe?Hurcombe, S. - 2021, July 21 - Centre For Public Impact (CPI)
Sarah Hurcombe shares what she's learning from the public service revolution building momentum in Europe.
We have experimented with different approaches to systems transformation — here are five insightsHaldrup, S. V. - 2021, May 17 - UNDP Innovation
At UNDP Innovation we are on a journey to shift our approach to innovation to help tackle complex development challenges. In short, we are moving away from single point solutions, and instead we are…
How to do Adaptive Management in 15 easy steps – from a top new toolkit – FP2PGreen, D. - 2021, April 21 - From Poverty to Power
A top Toolkit on Adaptive Management. But is that a good idea? – FP2PGreen, D. - 2021, April 20 - From Poverty to Power
Building a Movement of Public Problem Solvers - Building State CapabilitySamji, S. - 2021, April 19 - Building State Capability
Solving public problems is a hard and thankless job. One that is undertaken with a shortage of time as well as resources, and often under pressure to deliver results. A common approach used to solve public problems is to develop a plan, sometimes with experts, and then to assume that implementation will happen on autopilot. To quote Mike Tyson, “Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth.” The question is, what do you do after you get punched? Continue with your existing plan? Or do you learn from the punch?
Triple loop learning
Discussing Adaptive Approaches for Development ProgrammesPett, J. - 2020, November 2 - Medium - LearnAdapt
What can adaptive approaches from other sectors teach development practitioners about dealing with uncertainty?
Four ways development practitioners can borrow from private sector adaptive approachesPett, J. - 2020, September 28 - Medium - LearnAdapt
Agile, lean startup and human-centred design can be an answer — if you’re asking the right questions
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