Learning from evidence

Learning is fundamental to good development practice. In complex social systems and diverse cultures, development initiatives rarely follow initially conceived linear paths. Rather, social and institutional change processes are emergent and full of surprises. Ensuring programs receive feedback on the effects of their actions and strategies is therefore critical. This can be done on a spectrum from simple monitoring approaches, to formative and summative evaluations, to impact evaluations, to specific deep-dive research into key questions, to embedding research throughout a program. Ideally monitoring, evalaution, research and learning activities are participatory, and involve all those who may benefit from the new knowledge.

During the course of a project

At the conclusion of a project

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