DECI-3 Blog

By Ricardo Ramírez and Dal Brodhead, DECI-3. This blog provides a review of recent literature that proposes guiding questions to embed sustainability themes into a Theory of Change. It also highlights the view that “an essential part of any accountability regime is planning for sustainability…and that sustainability needs to be a critical aspect of the [...]

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By Ricardo Ramírez and Dal Brodhead, DECI-3. In this blog, we draw on an article by Steven Teles and Mark Schmitt which appeared in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (2011) entitled “The elusive craft of evaluating advocacy”; and on an article, we wrote in 2015 about practical wisdom entitled “Can participatory communication be taught?” We [...]

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By Ricardo Ramirez, DECI-3. Rick Davies has provided us with a refreshing review of the challenges with Theories of Change and the evaluation consequences.  His report focuses on the use of theory of change for evaluation purposes.  He emphasizes participatory design to create ownership, something that will sound familiar to many readers.  And yet, in [...]

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By Ricardo Ramirez, DECI-3. An April 2016 report entitled The Science of Using Science: Researching the use of research evidence in decision-making (by Laurenz Langer, Janice Tripney & David Gough, EPPi Centre, University College, London) provides a ‘review of reviews’ of the literature of evidence-informed decision-making  - from now on referred to a EIDM - [...]

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By Ricardo Ramirez, DECI-3. Oxfam From Poverty to Power Series released a February 2018 item by Graham Teskey entitled “What makes adaptive management actually work in practice?” , first appeared on the Governance Soapbox.   The following is an excerpt: Thinking and working politically (a phrase that reflects the adaptive management theme) means four things: Being [...]

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