Archive for the 'Complexity' Category

The long term nature of change

Written on February 5, 2019 at 9:36 am

I’ve been leading an initiative that’s now going into its sixth year and have thus been thinking about some of our learning around long term change.  Long term change for organizations and society does not come quickly and takes a lot of on-going commitment through the inevitable ups and downs.  Here are some of things we’ve been learning as we head into our sixth year:

  • Leadership commitment –  Organizations and networks that have been most successful with making significant changes, and most importantly increasing their impact  due to these changes, understand that it is, and plan for it to be,
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Test It! Lessons we are Learning Part II

Written on April 24, 2018 at 9:10 am

 

Introduction

The Civil Society and Testing Change project (CS&TC) is an initiative to develop and test new ways for civil society organizations and their partners to operate.  The project’s model is for global, multi-stakeholder working groups to focus on areas where operational changes may have the most effect on impact, and to have a lead group test these ideas and theories over a multi-year period.  An introductory blog post can be found here. Our target group are NGOs and civil society organizations that are 10+ years old, interested in considering operational changes to remain effective and relevant, and with …

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Continuing to Explore Impact Assessment

Written on November 15, 2017 at 8:17 am

Earlier this year I wrote about the state of impact assessment. Under the auspices of the Civil Society and Testing Change project, I recently helped convene and facilitate a discussion to further exchange learning on this topic, and brainstorm how we can make our ideas more actionable. Some of the ideas shared at this roundtable are below.

Some key variables to consider:

  • It is important to stipulate how you are defining impact, and whether your purpose is to validate your impact and/or to improve it. Find ways to keep your focus on impact, however a group defines it.
  • Building
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Learning Lessons from Implementation

Written on October 26, 2017 at 8:47 am

The Helping Babies Breathe  (HBB) program, launched as a global collaboration in 2010 had as its first partners the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Laerdal Medical Company of Norway,  the U.S. Agency for International Development’s  (USAID)  Newborn and Maternal Health program, Save the Children, and the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD).  It now encompasses numerous additional partners, working in over 80 countries.

Recently I visited three centers in Uganda (in the Kampala area) with staff from Save the Children –Uganda.  All three of these facilities are also testing the Augmented Infant Resuscitator (AIR) which is being …

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Test IT! – The project continues

Written on August 23, 2017 at 8:07 am

The youth engagement working group is the first group that is part of the Civil Society and Testing Change project, a global project to develop and test some operational changes intended to help keep civil society organizations relevant.  The group is co-led by CIVICUS and the CS&TC project with eight members – four from the CIVICUS Youth Action Team and four from a larger global peer group. Using a virtual, design thinking process, the group generated ideas for CIVICUS with the intention that CIVICUS would choose 1-2 to test over the next two years (aligning with its new strategic plan). …

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