May 2020

A Pragmatic Approach to Assessing System Change

The approach in this paper helps programs to structure strategies and intervention plans so that they better guide program management and assessment of system change. The approach also introduces the intervention lens and the helicopter lens for assessing system changes. By enabling programs to pragmatically identify and assess system changes regularly, the approach equips programs to improve their strategies and interventions more effectively and quickly.

Hans Posthumus, Rachel Shah ( Springfield Centre), Alexandra Miehlbradt (MCL) , Adam Kessler (DCED)


 

March 2020

Skills for Jobs: Developing an apprenticeship system

This case study describes how S4J launched and developed an apprenticeship system that meets the requirements of the private sector and describes the results in terms of graduates being more employable. This case also highlights how the program developed an appropriate monitoring system and how the program assesses the impact of this intervention, while dealing with attribution in this challenging context


 

May 2019

Forming partnerships with private sector actors

A summary of lessons learned by Market Systems Development Practitioners on forming and managing such partnerships.


This document provides practical tips on how to find and contact partners, how to make deals, what to finance and how, what to consider when making contractual arrangements and how to manage partnerships.


 

April 2019

Building and managing an appropriate results measurement system

Lessons learned by a smaller Market Systems Development Program applying the DCED Standard.

The case study shares the learnings from the Increasing Market Employability

program (IME) to develop and manage  a results measurement system: 

What needs to be done and why it is important for each phase of the Program Management Cycle.

 

Good practices for SDC Program Managers

SDC 2016, revised Jan 2019

What donor agency staff need to know, in order to take full advantage of the DCED Standard for Results Measurement in the programmes they supervise. Written for SDC, useful for all funders.

 

February 2018

Five Practitioners' notes

In November 2017, Alexandra Miehlbradt and Hans Posthumus conducted a training workshop with advanced practitioners in results measurement. Based on the presentations and discussions, they developed five Practitioners’ Notes.  Each Practicers'Note outlines key challenges and provides solutions and tips from the field.

  • Gathering Information from Businesses. Tips on how to start off on the right foot with businesses and how to address challenges in information gathering that arise during implementation.

  • Technology in results measurement. ​​Pros and cons on device-based data-collection, on-line questionnaires and analyses software to save time and money, improve accuracy and present information more effectively.

  • Monitoring.  Tips to help programs implement good monitoring practices, ensuring it adds value for managers and helps to avoid common pitfalls. It also addresses issues in outsourcing monitoring and co-facilitators’ monitoring

  • Using multipliers to estimate impact. Tips to assess when multipliers may be appropriate to use, how to use existing multipliers and how to develop multipliers.

  • Assessing systemic change. How practitioners are outlining systemic change pathways, identifying and assessing systemic changes, analysing the causes of changes and using information on systemic changes in program management.

 

Gathering Information from Businesses

Tips on how to start off on the right foot with businesses and how to address challenges in information gathering that arise during implementation.

 

Technology in results measurement

Pros and cons on device-based data-collection, on-line questionnaires and analyses software to save time and money, improve accuracy and present information more effectively.

 

 

Monitoring

Tips to help programs implement good monitoring practices, ensuring it adds value for managers and helps to avoid common pitfalls. It also addresses issues in outsourcing monitoring and co-facilitators’ monitoring.

 

Using multipliers to estimate impact

Tips to assess when multipliers may be appropriate to use, how to use existing multipliers and how to develop multipliers.

 

Assessing systemic change

How practitioners are outlining systemic change pathways, identifying and assessing systemic changes, analysing the causes of changes and using information on systemic changes in program management.

 

Typical challenges in results measurement

DCED 2015

Ten cases that describe how programs have addressed typical challenges in results measurement.  Funded by SDC/DCED, developed by the HPC consortium: Aly Miehlbradt, Ben Fowler, Hans Posthumus, Nabanita Sen, Mihaela Balan, Phitcha Wanitphon and Wafa Hafiz

 
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Attribution

Measuring Attribution: a practical framework to select appropriate attribution methods, with cases from ALCP in Georgia, MDF in East Timor, Propcom Mai-Karfi in Nigeria and Samarth-NMDP in Nepal

 

Tourism markets

BEAM Exchange 2016

How multipliers may help to estimate impact of the tourism sector on employment in a country.

How programs may support national stakeholders to collect relevant data.

Two experiences by the Promoting Private Sector Employment (PPSE) program in Kosovo, funded by BEAM Exchange.

 

CAPSA

Building capacities to analyse sectors 

A practical methodology to analyse sectors and value chains
May 2004

 

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