Coming from the world of technology to work in international development, I had to discard some habits and practices, but kept a few with me.
It cannot be disputed any longer: citizens’ participation in governance is vitally important. Integrating citizen voice into decision-making practices has established a feedback framework between citizens and development practitioners.
Participants have a pretty good idea of what is working and what isn’t in the projects that affect them. There are few better ways to answer the ‘attribution problem’ (what changes were result of our project intervention?)
A few years ago we had a novel idea—what if we could reward organizations that were actively focusing on learning and improving with more funding from GlobalGiving?
We recently completed our global Integrity Idol campaign – an annual TV show and citizen movement to find, film and celebrate honest government officials. It shifts the negative conversation around corruption from “naming and shaming” the wrong-doers, to a positive “naming and faming” public servants that are building accountability.
At LIFT a nonprofit supporting low income families across the US, we recently released a report describing our experience collecting member feedback. Listening Better outlines LIFT’s top ten lessons for designing and implementing a feedback survey targeting the people you serve through your work.
Many of us have already given up on our New Year’s’ Resolutions and we are only two weeks into 2017. If fewer than 10% us are likely to succeed in meeting our individual New Year’s resolution goals, how many of us are likely to succeed in our public sector transformation initiatives, like affordability, open governance, and homelessness?
As the year runs down we’re in a reflective mood at Feedback Labs. It’s been a year of exciting growth for us: our team doubled in size, with Meg and Megan joining Sarah and Dennis. Our network grew too: this year we reached over 200 organizations through LabStorms, Summits, and initiatives like the Practical Adaptation Network.
Anna Levy December 21, 2016 Feedback Labs is part of a research consortium focused, in part, on real-time data and…
I recently published the latest paper in AGI’s Art of Delivery series. That paper, Shoulder to Shoulder, outlines how external actors, particularly international partners, can work effectively with developing country governments to help them deliver services while building government capability.