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“Learning” is quickly replacing “innovation” and “scale” as the buzzword of choice in the international development community – and perhaps with good reason. Developing innovative approaches to our work requires incorporating lessons from past experiences, continuously iterating and adapting, and understanding why existing strategies may be insufficient.
This entry is authored by Tara Hill.
By R4D Senior Program Officer Shan Soe-Lin and Managing Director Rob Hecht.
This week, Results for Development’s education team published a multi-year effort assessing the effectiveness and impact of citizen-led education assessments of student learning. The various initiatives and campaigns (“CLAs” for short) are part of a vanguard effort in the education and transparency communities to leverage volunteer-led testing of student competencies towards advocacy and educational policy reform.
During the past several months, R4D’s Governance program has embarked on an in-depth and comprehensive strategy process to evaluate our core theories of change, our projects, and our comparative advantages. In addition to our internal team taking an unvarnished look at our existing and historic programs’ effectiveness and impact, we’ve reached out to dozens of friends and experts in the transparency, accountability, and participation (TAP) communities for critical feedback and constructive criticism.
We’re extremely excited to publicly celebrate the launch of the Governance Data Alliance, a new initiative nearly 20 months in the making designed to improve the availability, use, and salience of high-quality governance data.
By Aprille Knox, Marilyn Heymann and Pamela Riley
This post originally appeared on Devex.
From the expanding burden of climate change to the unforeseen impact of rapid globalization, policymakers face a complex landscape of unprecedented circumstances — with increasingly higher stakes. With the growing complexity of local, national and global problems, policymakers’ need for timely research, concise information and quality analysis is greater than ever.