Development partners, which include international donor and non-profit organizations, UN agencies and national civil society organizations, are increasingly active in innovating with technology. With the focus most often on designing, piloting and implementing online platforms and other technology in support of sustainable development impact, it is a welcome change of pace to pause, evaluate and learn. The following are two examples of important learning derived from some marquee initiatives.
Last week, Pulse Lab Jakarta (PLJ)— a joint initiative of the United Nations and the Government of Indonesia—published a blog summarizing recently commissioned Stories of Change that provide analysis of the impact of six different data tools and approaches supported by PLJ over the past four years. In summary:
“The Stories document how these initiatives are being used by our government or development partners, what kind of behaviour or policy change they enabled, as well as the factors involved in helping or hindering progress. The Stories help us identify what worked, what didn’t, and — most importantly — what we should be doing differently”.
Back in January, the Institute of Development Studies released a synthesis report on the four-and-a-half year Making All Voices Count program. This ambitious program—funded, among others, by the British, U.S. and Swedish governments—made grants from 2013-2017 for research as well as innovation and scaling programs designed to promote more effective democratic governance and accountability around the world.
Among other things, this synthesis report “shares 14 key messages on the roles technologies can play in enabling citizen voice and accountable and responsive governance”.
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