There is no such thing as a failed experiment, only experiments with unexpected outcomes R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)
I really enjoyed to go back this week to this paper from 2016 by ODI’s Anne Buffardi: When Theory Meets Reality. I went back to Anne’s paper because I am doing some work on defining some principle the can help design and set up monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) systems for development project/programmes that tackle
Last week I wrote to the Peregrine Discussion Group on Better Evaluation with a couple of questions on M&E or MEL of initiates that try ton address complex social and development problems. I have received many very interesting replies which i am posting below together with my questions. My questions 1) What do you think
I met with Petri Uusikylä to learn more about how his interest in complexity had evolved and how it influences his view of evaluating development and social change
Innovation is a confusing buzzword. There is no clarity and that what innovation is can be very subjective. Is the lack of a clear definition of innovation a problem in terms of evaluating innovation? What do the evaluators of innovation look for when they are called in to do their work?
Experimenting with innovation and accelerating development in Vietnam. In conversation with UNDP’s Ida Uusikylä
Vietnam is one of 60 countries where UNDP has established Accelerator Labs. The aim is to instil innovation principles and approaches into the work of the projects that UNDP implements and into the way UNDP works. At the end of January, I went to Helsinki to participate in a two-day workshop on sensemaking and innovation
Governments and governance in the digital revolution: opportunities and challenges. In conversation with Johannes Mikkonen
At the end of last year, with support from Helvetas I co-authored a paper entitled, State Capability, Policymaking and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Do Knowledge Systems Matter?
A Knowledge Sector for the Social and Economic Development in Cambodia. In Conversation with The Asia Foundation’s Heang Sophea
Cambodia is rapidly progressing towards its goal of becoming an upper-middle-income country by 2030. The Royal Government of Cambodia has identified four main strategic policy areas on which to focus its public policies and achieve this goal: human resource development; economic diversification; private sector development and employment; and sustainable development. The policy decisions in these