Sometimes, feedback doesn’t feel great. On a personal level, we’ve all had the experience of receiving tough feedback, blunt criticisms that were hard to hear. While there are strategies to deal with tough feedback, it can easily cause tension, or make us feel attacked or ostracized. And between government and citizens, feedback can be equally contentious and fraught.
It’s hard to find a person who hasn’t been touched — directly or through someone they love — by a serious illness, aging, or the loss of a loved one. We all know these experiences but when you are in the middle of it, it’s easy to feel alone. You’re faced with big, emotional challenges you must figure out how to navigate for yourself.
At USAID LEARN we’re always looking for ways to improve effectiveness and efficiency of development outcomes. Our work with Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) has led to a new organizational tool: the “learning agenda.” They can be a powerful way for teams and organizations to respond to evidence gaps, generate new knowledge and apply that information to improve their work. Learning agendas create feedback loops.
Feedback is powered by faith in people. When you ask for feedback, whether one-on-one from a colleague or at scale from thousands of people you are seeking to serve, you believe that the person giving you feedback will help make your work stronger.
Facilitator: Nick van PraagMay 12, 2017 Collecting feedback is arguably a first order requirement for a feedback loop. But the Feedback Labs’ community believes that this collection is not enough. Even a well executed survey can quickly become extractive of the community you’re trying to serve, unless you engage in a robust dialogue step to share…
Civic engagement is not simply voting on election day as many citizens and politicians believe, especially in newly democratic countries.
As a global community, we have invested enormous amounts of time, effort, and funds in collecting and publishing development data. To achieve the 2030 Agenda, we are poised to invest billions more in a data revolution for development.
Feedback will change your life. I’m not talking about your life as a member of civil society. I’m not talking about your life as an employee of a non profit organization. I’m talking about your life as a human being.
The Sarathi Development Foundation aims to empower children, adolescent girls, women, and communities by placing them in the driver’s seat of the development process. Beginning as a technical resource organization, we grew to focus on supporting and facilitating a process for our constituents to command the development process on their own by integrating the wisdom and resources of the children, adolescent girls, and women that we serve.
We’ve defined what we think a closed feedback loop is in six discrete steps. From May through October, we’ll be…