We don’t always know better

Last week I mentioned that NGOs should do lots of regular beneficiary testing (or user testing) when developing their projects, activities, products, interventions, etc. I thought I’d expand a little on that idea.  You see we’ve spent over 50 years “doing development” in the global south and in some places people Read more…

Disability in Development

Over the past two years an increasing amount of my work has included disability.  Until relatively recently disability as an area of work or a rights-based issue has been almost invisible in international development.  The convention on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) has changed that.  A rights-based approach Read more…

Good to see a social enterprise using social value budgets and SROI as part of their management and strategy tools! Lessons from an impact pioneer: Measure your value and mean it

Working with Stakeholders

You’ve heard me say it before: stakeholders should be central to your planning cycle.  Many NGOs talk about Stakeholder engagement, but very few do much more beyond asking beneficiaries or participants to complete feedback forms at the end of a training session or as part of a final evaluation. In Read more…

Global Value Exchange & Data Unity

Having reliable data and sources of data is crucial to developing and delivering robust and successful projects. So I’m always looking for new sources of up to date information and data sets to help with designing monitoring plans and programme evaluations. On Monday 9 December 2013, two new resources were Read more…