Knowledge Management

The web of institutionalisation: Assessing Uptake of ToC Thinking in Hivos


This document introduces and elaborates on the notion of the 'web' of institutionalisation by Levy (1996) as part of the internal assessment by Hivos of the institutionalisation of Theory of Change thinking. It zooms in on the core elements, presented by Levy as the citizen's, policy, organizational and delivery sphere and lists guiding questions for each sphere, specifically formulated for Hivos' internal assessment.

Knowledge management tools and techniques: helping you access the right knowledge at the right time


Authors: Marilyn Leask, Caren Lee, Tim Milner, Michael Norton and Dimple Rathod

Publication date: March 2008

Knowledge management (KM)is about building organisational intelligence by enabling people to improve the way they work in capturing, sharing, and using
knowledge. It involves using the ideas and experience of employees, customers and suppliers to improve the organisation’s performance. Building on what
works well leads to better practice, strategy and policy.

Knowledge co-creation: Interaction between science and society


Authors: Barbara J. Regeer and Joske F.G. Bunders

Publication date: June 2009

A transdisciplinary approach to complex societal issues

This publication includes the perspectives of eight individuals involved in government, business and societal organisations. They voice, their experiences, anecdotes, reflections and expertise regarding the issues explored in this publication. How do they shape complex co-operation processes? What is the meaning of knowledge co-creation in their working practices?

Systems Dynamics Modelling in Industrial Development Evaluation


Authors: Derwisch, S. & Löwe, P.
Publication date: 2015

The complexity of development processes makes it difficult to observe and interpret the impacts of policies. The authors demonstrate the use and benefits of system dynamics modelling (SDM) in impact evaluation of private sector development programmes.

Going Beyond Mixed Methods to Mixed Approaches: A Systems Perspective for Asking the Right Questions


Authors: Garcia, J.R. & Zazueta, A.
Publication date: 2015

An impact evaluation’s primary task is to determine which impacts were caused by an intervention, distinguishing them from those produced by other causes.

However, in complex systems, interventions may contribute towards less apparent forms of impact (such as negative, unintended, indirect and secondary) that are no less significant, but which require a different way of asking questions.

Learning, Systems Concepts and Values in Evaluation: Proposal for an Exploratory Framework to Improve Coherence


Authors: Hummelbrunner, R.
Publication date: 2015

The three core systems concepts – interrelationships, perspectives and boundaries – can be used for framing an impact evaluation (see Williams, this IDS Bulletin). But their use also has implications for the type of learning that an impact evaluation is likely to generate. Moreover, they can help to make the value base of evaluations more explicit.

Prosaic or Profound? The Adoption of Systems Ideas by Impact Evaluation


Author: Williams, B.
Publication date: 2015

All evaluation approaches have to address questions about their legitimacy, validity, relevance and usefulness. As the complexity of interventions is more widely acknowledged, impact evaluation appears to be especially vulnerable to these challenges. This article explores the potential of the systems field to address these vulnerabilities. 

IDS Bulletin: Introduction – Towards Systemic Approaches to Evaluation and Impact


Author: Befani, B., Ramalingam, B. & Stern, E.
Publication date: 2015

This IDS Bulletin focuses on exploring the potential of systems ideas and complexity concepts to meet the increasingly complex challenges of an increasingly ambitious development agenda.

What is the future of official statistics in the Big Data era?


Digital data are increasingly changing the shape of our world. At the same time, attention is also being paid to the woeful state of development data. 

This public event brought together leading experts who explored the potential of Big Data to transform national statistical systems as well as concerns about the reliability and representativeness of these data, and over ethics, privacy, and the blurring of lines between formal and informal data sources. 

A world that counts: mobilising the data revolution for sustainable development.


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked an Independent Expert Advisory Group to make concrete recommendations on bringing about a data revolution in sustainable development. The group presents its recommendations during this public event.

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