Mapping Adaptive Learning Initiatives

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By Dave Algoso and Alan Hudson, Executive Director, June 9, 2016

Adaptive learning—people and organizations trying to address problems, reflecting on their effectiveness, revising their approach and trying again—is often how change happens. And supporting processes of adaptive learning that are focused on governance reform is the focus of Global Integrity’s strategy. So, we’ve been keen to contribute to various initiatives working to make adaptive learning the norm, such as Doing Development Differently and Thinking and Working Politically.

However, we’ve started to notice that the proliferation of initiatives risks mild confusion. This could be limiting their effectiveness and resulting in missed opportunities to nudge the governance and development agenda into better alignment with how change actually happens.

Last month, the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) global partners’ forum in DC allowed us to convene a discussion around these initiatives, building on a number of parallel sessions tackling adaptive learning and management. (See here for more on our GPSA engagement.) We conducted a rough mapping of the various initiatives promoting adaptive learning, as one input into the conversation at the GPSA. Based on the session, we refined the mapping further.

The result—a starting point for conversation—is now posted on Duncan Green’s From Poverty To Power blog. Thanks to Duncan for broadening our readership! Check it out:

Where have we got to on adaptive learning, thinking and working politically, doing development differently etc? Going beyond the People’s Front of Judea.

And please let us know what you think.

Alan Hudson
Executive Director

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