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Ricardo Ramirez and Galin Kora, 2020 Collaboration and partnerships are strategies used by many organizations. There are plenty of variations in the level of integration of activities and strategies.  On the surface, the notion of collaboration appears attractive; yet one also hears about challenges faced by partners when the differences emerge in the process. Assumptions [...]

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By Ricardo Ramírez and Dal Brodhead, DECI-3. Years ago, I joined a team of consultants who asked to prepare their final report in a story format.  When the team presented the report to an audience, they did so by reading the first chapter of a mini novel. During the question and answer period most of [...]

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By Ricardo Ramírez and Dal Brodhead, DECI-3. A recent i2insights blog by Bonnie McBain outlines three aspects of scenario planning that help: define goals, design strategy, and produce useful and defensible projections.  Scenario planning is also useful when working to resolve uncertainties which are common to research efforts - especially those aimed at influencing decision-makers.  [...]

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By Ricardo Ramírez and Dal Brodhead, DECI-3. The DECI-3 project name is “Designing Evaluation and Communication for Impact”. So what is impact? This blog entry tries to move beyond the numerous recommendations and well-tested practices that we have reported in this blog series. We suspect that when our partners read these blogs, the natural reaction [...]

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By Ricardo Ramírez and Dal Brodhead, DECI-3. The following are elements of DECI of possible relevance to other programs: Element 1: DECI principles are enhanced with those of CAE (collaborative approaches to evaluation) While neither Utilization-Focused Evaluation nor Research Communication planning emphasize participation per se, in our experience the hybrid approach is a very effective [...]

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