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Improving Development Aid Design and Evaluation: Plan for Sailboats, Not Trains

The development field increasingly looks to sophisticated metrics to measure impact. Simultaneously, practitioners are recognizing that most development programs must engage with politics and policy. Unfortunately, the measurement techniques gaining popularity are those least able to determine how to implement political reforms.

Effective reform efforts require planning for and measuring change that is nonlinear and non-incremental. Complexity, or systems, theory offers insights for improving program design and evaluation.

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Uploaded on: Dec 14, 2017
Year Published: 2015


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Resource Type: Practitioner Resources Issues: Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy Tool Type: Manuals & Guides, Training Resources & Popular Education Method: Improving Governance, Accountability and Transparency, Research Languages: English Regions: > Global