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IAG impact and learning team

  1. 1. Impact and Learning Team: Action research Penelope Beynon M&E Coordinator 15 June 2011
  2. 2. Who are we? Interim team manager: Simon Batchelor Communications Officer: Emilie Wilson M&E Coordinator: Penelope Beynon Research and Marketing Convenor: Sunder Mahendra Capacity Support Co-ordinator: Catherine Fisher Christine Hogan (maternity cover 2010) Programme Coordinator: Steven Tovell
  3. 3. What are we trying to achieve? <ul><li>Better outcomes for vulnerable people through better use of evidence in Government and non-Government policy decisions that affect people’s lives </li></ul><ul><li>Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of (knowledge) intermediary work </li></ul>
  4. 4. Research to policy… A little magic and…
  5. 5. Wilson’s Universe of Knowledge Research Policy and practice Knowledge brokers
  6. 7. Our work is underpinned by an evolving set of Research Questions <ul><li>What is effective intermediary work? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eg How is effectiveness measured in this context? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What context do intermediaries operate in? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eg Is the information ecosystem of research/policy space significantly changing due to ICT/other changes (e.g. Open Data, Donor pressure etc)? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What do intermediaries need to operate effectively? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eg What capacities do intermediaries need to operate effectively – taught, acquired, external roles? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Some key assumptions/beliefs underpin what we do <ul><li>Working in partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Outcomes orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective practice and learning </li></ul>
  8. 9. Some of the ways that we work and things that we do <ul><li>Developing, testing and modelling tools / approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Feeding knowledge across and into the sector </li></ul><ul><li>Stepping back – theorising and synthesising across experiences </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>A TASTE OF SOME ILT ACTIVITIES </li></ul>“ ... and what do you actually DO?”
  10. 11. Testing methods for strengthening partnership working
  11. 12. Testing methods for exploring capacities: 5 characteristics of intermediary orgs
  12. 13. Testing Outcome Mapping for planning and monitoring
  13. 14. Sharing knowledge between groups
  14. 15. Synthesising and theorising: using marketing to improve intermediary work Product-focused Outcome-focused Supply-led Demand-led
  15. 16. <ul><li>FOCUS ON... </li></ul>Facilitated self-evaluation process
  16. 17. Drivers for change <ul><li>MK4D: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Logframe promises </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commitment to learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Context: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Demand for evidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uncertainty re: future evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Experience: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>External evaluations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embedding learning </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Pros and cons of external evaluation Pros Cons Objectivity Limited knowledge of project Expertise Costs Outsourcing resources Internal resources still required Requirement Lack of buy in Lessons identified Lessons not always ‘learned’
  18. 19. Piloting a facilitated self evaluation - process Project team led - M&E practitioner facilitated
  19. 20. Self evaluation framework: Intermediary projects delivered in partnership Input & Output Outcome Process Product What did you do? What difference did it make? What did you learn about how to deliver this kind of product? Partnership How was the partnership implemented? What difference did it make to partners? What did you learn about how to work in partnership?
  20. 21. We welcome your input <ul><li>Any comments, reflections </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have specific interest in any of the areas we are exploring, or disciplines we are drawing from? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>M&E </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Context analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How we can engage you in ongoing discussion about research questions and emerging ‘lessons’, theories, knowledge? </li></ul>