What is the Role of Evidence and Data in Organizational Learning Efforts?

Jun 19, 2018 by Piers Bocock, Stacey Young Comments (0)

The focus of Leaders in Learning episode 3 is on one of the most challenging questions that we as leaders in organizational learning face on a regular basis, namely, what is the role of evidence and data in organizational learning efforts? This is a complex topic, and one that a single podcast episode can’t possibly do appropriate justice.  But hopefully we bring in some interesting perspectives during this podcast to add to the large amount of content we have on the subject on USAID Learning Lab.  

The contributing thought leaders for this episode are:

  • Alison Evans, Chief Commissioner for the UK’s Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI)
  • Kerry Albright, Chief of Research Facilitation and Knowledge Management at UNICEF
  • Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Advisor for OXFAM

The three themes that emerged in response to the question about the role of evidence and data in organizational learning that we discuss in this episode are:

  1. While everyone seems to agree that data and evidence play a vital role in organizational learning, and making the case for investing in it, approaches and perspectives vary.
  2. That though we may approach it from different angles, all the guests seemed to agree on the importance of an organizational culture that values evidence and learning.  And
  3. That while data and evidence are of course important for accountability, they are absolutely essential for continuous learning and ultimately, impact.

We hope you find the discussion interesting and encourage you to listen to episode 4, in which we discuss the connection between organizational culture and organizational learning.

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