Successful collaboration requires a facilitative leader. Facilitative leadership, if executed well, can increase effectiveness by harnessing the resources of many, can increase efficiency by avoiding duplication and conflict, and can be a powerful leveraging mechanism to achieve high level development goals.
This paper is for donors looking for ways to ensure that our interventions produce lasting results that are owned and directed by the people they are meant to benefit. It offers practical advice and examples based on the experiences of a variety of different donors, as well as some thoughts on how we donors can do more...
Co-Creation Discussion Note
This document, an ADS 201 Additional Help resource, provides direction on how to develop a Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) plan for a Mission's Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP).It outlines the information to include in a CLA plan, describes the processes Missions can use to understand their current CLA...
This paper provides an overview of the facilitation approach with information drawn from its use in market systems development.
Practitioners working in nutrition must start thinking about the effect food, health, and education systems have on nutrition practices and outcomes. “Systems thinking” means paying attention to the unpredictable interactions among actors, sectors, disciplines, and determinants of nutrition. That thinking results in new ways of approaching, analyzing, and solving challenges, which must be applied through policy development, program design, implementation, and research. SPRING approaches systems in two ways – by articulating and promoting systems thinking for nutrition and by strengthening specific components of those systems. This paper makes the case for why systems thinking is important for nutrition and proposes several approaches to strengthening systems for nutrition.
Stacey Young, from USAID's Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research, provides detailed information about collaborating, learning and adapting within the Program Cycle.
Participatory Impact Assessment: A Design Guide
Twitter is a form of online communication known as micro-blogging, which allows users to engage and interact with a diverse audience through short messages. Posts on Twitter are known as tweets and are restricted to 140 characters or less. In addition to posting tweets, users can also follow and view updates from others, post public replies, or send private direct messages. Through Twitter, development practitioners can build an online presence and increase the visibility of their work, build relationships, foster dialogue and utilize additional channels for knowledge sharing. This guidance document offers an overview of Twitter language, processes and uses along with examples and resources.
Peer assists are face-to-face or virtual gatherings that bring colleagues together to share knowledge, best practices, or lessons learned on a particular topic. They can be an extremely useful learning activity to facilitate knowledge sharing, participatory learning, and collective problem solving. This document provides further information on the types of peer assists, assumptions and responsibilities, processes, lessons learned and resources.