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.
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In our first blog of 2017, we shared our Feedback Resolutions with you. It was a fun and useful exercise, a way of sharing a little bit of our personalities on the blog and a chance for each of us to reflect on what it takes to keep improving our personal feedback practices. And it was heartening to see others in our network take up the idea, sharing their own commitments to feedback in the new year.
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?
It has been quite the week, particularly in the US. We here at Feedback Labs are reflecting on how protests, movements, executive orders and checks and balances relate to feedback, and we’ll be sharing our thoughts in future pieces on this blog.
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.
Sometimes gathering feedback from those we seek to serve can feel like a selfish thing. It can seem like an investment in our projects, our goals, ourselves. I need to listen to feedback so I know how to convince villagers in Malawi to sit on my village committee.
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?
Here at Feedback Labs we are always looking for ways to incorporate feedback into our work. It isn’t always easy to ask for, hear and act on honest feedback, and we are constantly striving to improve our practice. In honour of the new year, we share with you our 2017 Feedback Resolutions!