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Stories and patterns of change - Volume 2

This publication is the second in our series to let organisations and friends know how our work-related learning progresses. Here we share some reflections on patterns and trends we’ve observed in our consultancy work and concepts we hold to be vital in this work in service of international development.

These views are brought to life in the highlighted examples of our work in 2017.

 


 

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This week IMA Consultants Dani Guijarro and Iñigo Retolaza have facilitated a 2 day workshop for Greenpeace Spain and Greenpeace International staff involved in strategic planning, M&E and communication, it aimed to explore how to implement IMA´s Theory of Change approach and tool in the GP planning and M&E System.

Using current programmes as pilot case studies, Dani and Iñigo have trained staff from different departments on analytical and methodological tools, skills and meta-skills to facilitate processes of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation that ensure an (un)learning perspective, using our ToC approach.


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I’ve increasingly been struck this year with the strength of the notion that the way the problem is understood and depicted determines what we do.  And the idea that language is generative is becoming more alive to me in all the recent work we’ve been up to. 

 

Talking about organisations, for example, as open, complex (not complicated!) living networks, requiring healthy feedback loops, living with uncertainty and conflict as part of the terrain, where a member affects the whole and the whole affects each member produces very different results from talking about organisations as if they were closed structures to be managed…

 

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In Madrid, our trainers Dani and Inigo have been working with Dinamia, a social consultancy specialising in economic, social and educational projects, both in Spain and Latin America. Dinamia has been working collectively since 2004 and is made up of professionals from the social and solidarity economy, who propose working with new management models and strategic consulting for public and private institutions and the Third Sector.  

Using a Theory U approach, combined with different strategic planning tools as Theory of Change, Dani and Inigo facilitated Dinamia’s Strategic Planning Process considering perceptions and expectations of different actors inside and outside Dinamia, an exploration...
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  • WHY: To reflect and learn on the 5-year experience of implementing the IAPP Project with a qualitative retrospective approach, specifically focusing on capacity development elements to generate recommendations to help for similar future project design
  • WHO: The Integrated Agricultural Productivity Project (IAPP) & Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Technical Assistance (TA) component
  • WHAT: We designed & facilitated a 'Reflection and Learning Workshop’ to review the 5-year IAPP project which was a collaboration between the Government of Bangladesh, GAFSP, The World Bank & FAO
  • HOW: Using exercises, activities, and discussions that encouraged reflection, organisational learning and uncovered tacit knowledge
  • WHERE: Dhaka/Coxs Bazaar, Bangladesh
  • WHEN: September 2016

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  • WHY: Support as part of their learning and development
  • WHO: International HIV/AIDS Alliance
  • WHAT: Action Learning Sets and coaching for managers.
  • HOW: We facilitated regular Action Learning Sets for groups, facilitated a series of Managers’ Forums, Key topics were discussed and recommendations put forward, ALS were conducted face to face, Coaching workshops
  • WHERE: Brighton, UK
  • WHEN: September 2014 – December 2015

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An evaluation of women’s rights

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Consultants: Daniel Guijarro

Tags: women's rights, evaluation, Cambodia, Rwanda, UK

Website: https://www.actionaid.org.uk/

  • WHY: To identify key transformations in women´s lives and measure shifts in power towards women
  • WHO: Women participating in ActionAid women’s rights programmes
  • WHAT: An evaluation of ActionAid’s work on women’s rights and development of a methodology
  • HOW: A 3 day workshop the worked with up to seven leaders from the community groups to identify key transformations in women´s lives and to analyse power dynamics behind these changes
  • WHERE: UK, Cambodia and Rwanda
  • WHEN: February – June 2016

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  • WHY: To harmonise the knowledge among middle managers and senior programme and project staff around key concepts for effective management.
  • WHO: MSDSP Aga Khan Foundation
  • WHAT: Facilitating a 5 day workshop on management in general with a focus on Project cycle, KM, M&E and Leadership
  • HOW: Exercises & discussion
  • WHERE: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • WHEN: February 2016

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  • WHY: BRAC’s focus on KM is to maximise collective experience and secure KM resources for BRAC to have greater impact and influence at scale. To raise KM awareness, foster momentum and share practical KM skills.
  • WHO: Building Resources Across Communities (BRAC) Bangladesh
  • WHAT: Fostering Knowledge Management (KM) and knowledge sharing processes in BRAC and also to help develop a KM strategy and roadmap for the organisation.
  • HOW: Facilitated learning on KM concepts and key practices, focus groups, the co-creation of a draft KM roadmap and strategy
  • WHERE: Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • WHEN: February - June 2016

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  • WHY: To harmonise the different components of the National Multi-sector Action Plan and to make explicit clear pathways on how to fight stunting and reduce malnutrition in Tanzania.
  • WHO: Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre
  • WHAT: Facilitation of a 4 days multi-stakeholder workshop on Theory of Change and Complexity
  • HOW: A different range of participatory tools was utilised during the process, including embodied learning, reflective practice and constellation work
  • WHERE: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • WHEN: June – July 2016

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  • WHY: For the harmonisation of the staff around the concept of Theory of Change and Results Based Management. CTA was in the process of finalising their main result framework to be presented to the EU for further funding.
  • WHO: CTA – Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation ACP – EU
  • WHAT: Theory of Change and RBM lab, Design and facilitation of a 2 days’ workshop at CTA’s Headquarters. The contract is also part of an extended support in distance.
  • HOW: A log frame repair workshop and the classic Theory of Change workshop and Power Analysis.
  • WHERE: Wageningen, The Netherlands
  • WHEN: July 2016 – September 2016

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  • WHY: We were contacted to support a Theory of Change process for WWF Sweden in the designing of their rationale
  • WHO: WWF Sweden ToC - SIDA
  • WHAT: Supporting the next 5 years SIDA application process by WWF for the Role of Civil Society in Nature Conservation. 3 workshops organised plus webinars and distance support.
  • HOW: The 1st workshop had a basic ToC agenda with some critical question around the role of Civil Society in Nature Conservation. The 2nd workshop was a multi-stakeholder workshop with coordinators coming from over 10 Countries to start building together
  • WHERE: Stockholm, Sweden
  • WHEN: October 2016 - April 2017

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'Work as One’ retreat for ASPAC-WIPO

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Tags: WIPO, Results-Based Management, results framework

Website: http://www.wipo.int/portal/en/index.html

  • WHY: The aim of this project is to increase the capacity and pace for technology scouting, absorption, adaptation and innovation in developing and least developing countries. Also, to foster a collaboration strategy and increased teamwork.
  • WHO: WIPO- World Intellectual Property Organisation
  • WHAT: ‘Work as One’ retreat for ASPAC-WIPO
  • HOW: Explore the case for Enabling IP Environment Project, Understand each others’ roles + contributions, Apply RBM, Develop a shared results framework, Agree individual actions that contribute to shared project
  • WHERE: Geneva/ Crozet, Switzerland/ France
  • WHEN: May 2016

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