#CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT

Measuring the impacts of capacity development: four things to consider

In my first blog on our experiences from the DFID-funded Mobilising for Development (M4D) programme, I looked at the challenges faced in measuring the effects of capacity development. In this latest blog, I look at what we need to consider when assessing the benefits of capacity development efforts.

Capacity development needs to be context-specific and …

Issues and challenges of assessing the benefits of capacity development – experiences from the M4D programme in northern Nigeria

It is often argued that good governance is possible only when governing institutions perform to certain standards and that failures are due to declining capacities and capabilities. Capacity development[1] efforts, even when targeted at institutional strengthening, focus on the individuals that make up the institutions with the hope that they will use acquired skills …

The role of capacity assessment in ensuring contextually appropriate capacity support

Towards the end of last year, Itad’s Organisational Effectiveness theme conducted an evaluation of Norway’s support to public sector capacity development.

This is the last blog of a three part series exploring findings from the study.  The first looked at the factors that explain Norway’s success in supporting capacity development, the second focused on …

Norwegian Aid and Adaptive Programming

Towards the end of last year Itad’s Organisational Effectiveness theme conducted an evaluation of Norway’s support to public sector capacity development.

This is the second of three blogs, which explore the findings from the study.  The first looked at the factors that explain Norway’s success in supporting capacity development, this one focuses on how well …

Evaluation of Norway’s support to Capacity Development

Towards the end of last year Itad’s Organisational Effectiveness theme conducted an evaluation of Norway’s support to public sector capacity development.  This is the first of three blogs, which explore the findings from the study.

This first blog looks at the factors that explain Norway’s success in supporting capacity development. The second blog focuses …

60 Seconds with…Rob Lloyd

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Rob had to say…

What’s your job here at Itad?

I’m one of the Associate Directors and I lead the companies’ work on Organisational Effectiveness.

What does that involve?

It involves winning work, managing work, and then trying …

60 Seconds with…Dane Rogers

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Dane had to say…

What’s your job at Itad

Non-Executive Director (a role I share with Julian Barr)

What does that involve?

Providing strategic guidance and support to our Senior Management Team; strengthening our governance …

60 Seconds with…Melanie Punton

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Mel had to say:

What’s your job here at Itad?

I’m a cross-cutting consultant, which means I work on a range of projects cutting across several different themes. The common thread is theory based evaluations – I’m working on a …

Capacity Development 2 – Are You Digitally Competent?

In the latest of our blogs on Capacity Development 2 (CD2), Euforic Services’ Pete Cranston asks the question – are you digitally competent?

So you are on the West Manhattan cycleway on your way to work at the mission in the UN and a US airways Airbus A320-200 crash-lands, deafeningly, on the Hudson river beside you.

Being a well-trained diplomat you respond …

Capacity Development 2 – Behavioural Competencies in a Digital World

In the next of our series of blogs on Capacity Development 2 (CD2), Euforic Services’ Pete Cranston looks at behavioural competencies in a digital world.

There can’t be many tenser moments in life than following behind your child as she cycles, more or less steadily, on a main road towards a busy roundabout, and then wobbles as she raises her right arm out to …

Viewing Capacity Development through Four Dimensions of Change

In the previous blog I discussed how systems perspectives and complexity make us view capacity development differently.  This time I want to look at four different dimensions of change identified by our team (Robbie Gregorowski and Mel Punton from Itad, with Itad Associates Cheryl Brown, Pete Cranston, and Isabel Vogel).  Change at the level of the individual is …

How systems perspectives make us view capacity development differently

In the previous post, Robbie introduced ‘Capacity Development 2’ or CD2 – a conceptual framework our team developed for drawing together recent thinking on capacity development.  The team (Robbie Gregorowski and Mel Punton from Itad, with Itad Associates Cheryl Brown, Pete Cranston, and Isabel Vogel) identified five core components of a CD2 approach. In this …

Capacity development: how should we reframe it for the digital age?

What’s the latest thinking on capacity development? Do social media and new digital tools play a key role? When Itad was asked to brief the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on these questions we brought together a team of staff and associates – me (Robbie), Cheryl, Isabel, Mel and Pete – whose varied perspectives and expertise helped us develop a conceptual …