Organisational Learning

Eyes Wide Open: Learning as Strategy Under Conditions of Complexity and Uncertainty

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Authors: Patrici, P. et alii.
Publication date: 2013, In: The Foundation Review 5 (3)

· Foundation strategy is hampered by a failure to recognize and engage with the complexity and uncertainty surrounding foundation work. This article identifies three common “traps” that hinder foundation capacity to learn and adapt: 1) linearity and certainty bias; 2) the autopilot effect; and 3) indicator blindness.

IFAD Fail Faire: How to make failure a stepping stone to success

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On 29 October 2013, IFAD organized an event that challenged the common thinking around failure – and raised awareness about how learning from failure is a key to success. The event benefitted from the insights and experience of renowned personalities such as: Tim Harford, Aleem Walji, Dave Snowden and Ashley Good.

Presentation Tim Harford

AEA Webinar: SMILER: Simple Measurement of Indicators & Learning for Evidence-based Reporting - Guy Sharrock & Susan Hahn

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This webinar is part of a four-part series on monitoring and evaluation. To be successful projects must lean towards an adaptive management style and all staff must have a clear understanding of the project monitoring system and their role in its implementation. Yet few manuals exist on the nitty-gritty task of how to set up a monitoring system.

BetterEvaluation: Two Sides of the Evaluation Coin

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Authors: Cranston, P.; Beynon, P.; Rowley, J.

Publication date: 2013

This publication by BetterEvaluation aims to present a honest narrative co-constructed by the commissioner and the contractor concerning one evaluation experience. Together they reflect how the value of the overall process and final products could have been increased. Doing so, two often experienced and seldom discussed lessons related to communication and the inception phase stand out.

InterAction Guidance Note 4 Webinar 2: Impact Evaluation Utilization at Oxfam GB and the Millennium Challenge Corporation

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InterAction developed a four-part series of guidance notes and webinars on impact evaluation. The purpose of the series is to build the capacity of NGOs (and others) to demonstrate effectiveness by increasing their understanding of and ability to conduct high quality impact evaluation.

Each guidance note is accompanied by two webinars. In the first webinar, the authors present an overview of their note. In the second webinar, two organizations -present on their experiences with different aspects of impact evaluation.

InterAction Guidance Note 4 Webinar 1: Use of Impact Evaluation Results, with David Bonbright

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InterAction developed a four-part series of guidance notes and webinars on impact evaluation. The purpose of the series is to build the capacity of NGOs (and others) to demonstrate effectiveness by increasing their understanding of and ability to conduct high quality impact evaluation.

Each guidance note is accompanied by two webinars. In the first webinar, the authors present an overview of their note. In the second webinar, two organizations -present on their experiences with different aspects of impact evaluation.

CARE Participatory Monitoring, Evaluation, Reflection & Learning (PMERL) for Community-based Adaptation: A Manual for Local Practitioners.

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CARE developed this manual to support adaptive decision-making in vulnerable communities. It is intended to be an open-source methodology that can be used for and by vulnerable communities–supported by planners, practitioners and policymakers across the field–to inform their climate adaptation planning and implementation.

The PMERL framework presents a participatory methodology for developing and monitoring against CBA indicators.

SEA Change webinar "Presenting evaluation findings and evidence-based organizational learning"

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This webinar was developed based on requests by SEA Change CoP members to learn more about presenting evaluation findings and the pre-requisites for their organization to better learn from evaluation findings. Mr. Glenn O'Neil looked at how to present evaluation findings, with a focus on different messages for different stakeholders in order to improve the use of evaluation findings. After that he discussed what it takes to become an evidence-based learning organization and gave some guidance on how to improve evidence-based learning in your organization.

Video: TED-X Nijmegen on Brilliant failure

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TEDxNijmegen 2013 had a 'real' therapeutical session, with a psychiatrist and on his sofa Henk Smid, director of ZonMw, the Dutch Organization for Health Research and Development. ZonMw funds health research and stimulates use of the knowledge developed to help improve health and healthcare. Smid was stressed and suffered from sleeplessness. The cause was that he found it very difficult to talk about failures his organization discovered.

CDI-IDS: Tools and guidelines for improving the evaluability of INGO empowerment and accountability programmes

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Author(s): Shutt, C. & McGee, R. (for the Centre for Development Impact)

Publication year: 2013

This Centre for Development Impact (CDI-IDS) Practice Paper Annex is the result of an analysis of INGO evaluation practice in empowerment and accountability (E&A) programmes commissioned by CARE UK, Christian Aid, Plan UK and World Vision UK.