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Connecting People and Ideas for Integrated Development

SUNY / CID co-sponsors International Executive Courses on Adaptive Management and Outcome Harvesting for Development Experts and Practitioners

Outcome Mapping Workshop, Bologna, Italy 2011

Outcome Mapping Workshop, Bologna, Italy 2011

Adaptive Management: Working Effectively in the Complexity of International Development

June 11 – June 15 (1 week) in Bologna, Italy

In the last few years, “Adaptive Management” (AM) and “complexity-aware monitoring and evaluation and learning” have gone viral as new development catchwords. Networks of donors, practitioners and researchers have developed thinking, explored current practice and are starting to propose new approaches that recognize that to be effective, international development programs need to address the complexity and unpredictability of the contexts in which we work.

Designed by practitioners (with three senior Oxfam staff) for practitioners, this 5-day course offers a blend of grounded theory which helps us to understand the importance of complexity, the need for Adaptive Management (AM), and its applications for international development programming. Presentations, discussions, case studies, and clinics, where participants bring their own challenges and dilemmas into the room for discussion, will help participants to gain insights about the benefits and limitations of mainstream M&E and results-based management tools, and to consider when and why AM approaches, systems, and tools are needed. The course will review selected M&E tools and management processes that support adaptive management and explore paths that participants can use to institutionalize AM practice in their own work. This course could be a helpful prerequisite for the associated module, Outcome Harvesting for Complex Development Programs.

Staff and Instructors: Pier Giorgio Ardeni, Letizia Parolini, Andrea Wolfe, Duncan Green, Claire Hutchings, Irene Guijt

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Outcome Harvesting for Complex Development Programs

June 18 – June 20 (3 full days) in Bologna, Italy

Outcome Harvesting is a utilization-focused, highly participatory evaluation tool that enables evaluators, grant makers, and managers to identify, formulate, verify, and make sense of outcomes they have influenced when at the time of planning the relationships of cause-effect were substantially unknown. As the UNDP says, Outcome Harvesting is “an evaluation approach that — unlike some other methods — does not measure progress towards predetermined outcomes, but rather collects evidence of what has been achieved, and works backward to determine whether and how the project or intervention contributed to the change” (see UNDP Discussion Paper, “Innovations in Monitoring & Evaluation”, August 2013).

The workshop embodies the hands-on, participatory values that are at the core of this utilization-focused evaluation approach, combining theory and examples with group discussion, individual reflection, and small group practical exercises all revolving around a case study especially written for this workshop. Special attention is given to dealing with the uncertainty about the causal relationships linking inputs, activities, and outputs with the outcomes of development interventions. The participants will apply all concepts embodied in the six steps in working groups. The ten underlying principles will be explained throughout the workshop with examples from one or more of the 50+ evaluative experiences for which the facilitator has been responsible. Thus, participants will build their practical capacities and leave the course with skills in adapting this tool to evaluate interventions for the purposes of both accountability and improving performance.

This course is for evaluators and commissioners of evaluations of development and social change with no previous experience with Outcome Harvesting. Participants should have knowledge and experience of evaluation.

Staff and Instructors: Pier Giorgio Ardeni, Letizia Parolini, Andrea Wolfe, Ricardo Wilson-Grau

CLICK HERE for more information and registration for Outcome Harvesting course

A program jointly promoted by

Center for International Development - State University of New York (SUNY/CID)

Center for International Development - State University of New York (SUNY/CID)

Centre for International Development (CID Bologna)

Centre for International Development (CID Bologna)

Cattaneo Institute Research Foundation

Cattaneo Institute Research Foundation

University of Bologna Department of Economic Sciences (DSE-UNIBO)

University of Bologna Department of Economic Sciences (DSE-UNIBO)

Oxfam GB

Oxfam GB

Posted February 25, 2018