May 11, 2016

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Today is the day for groups to dig into the detail of their planned micro-actions and get feedback and coaching. The seven ‘big ideas’ have been reduced to five. The groups driving each idea have clarified their assumptions and identified a first draft of what actions they believe they must
The main objective of the fourth and final day of the Rumphi Social Lab design workshop was the formation of micro-action teams to take forward seven ‘big ideas’ to improve development in Rumphi.  The teams did indeed form (and merge down to five), and lists of ‘key assumptions that must
If day one was a burst of fire in the oven, and day two was doing our kitchen prep, then day three was a banquet table fully laden. No one wants to miss the feast and attendance at day three hovers around 90 percent from day one. You can feel
In yesterday’s blog we asked a bold question, ‘Can social labs save development?’ Day two brought us deep into social lab process. The morning began with reflections on the insights of yesterday. Participants spoke with emotion about seeing the broken relationships systematically mapped from the perspective of each constituent group.
Foreign aid in Malawi is as much as 50% of the national budget. This startling fact poses a paradox that haunts Malawi and all aid dependent countries. On the one hand, aid is desperately needed to finance essential services like health, education, and agriculture development. On the other hand, foreign
Is accountability to the people you serve linked to the resilience of your organization? This is what Keystone Accountability is testing over the next two years. In partnership with Civicus and Accountable Now, we have launched a new initiative called Resilient Roots exploring the links between increasing public support and
At Keystone we know that effectively communicating with the people you serve is a great way to build trust and improve outcomes. In this blog we explore the work of Flamboyan Foundation, partnering with schools in Washington DC to improve learning outcomes for students through effective family engagement. At the
Nafisika Trust works in Kenya providing counselling and training to people in prison. The Trust is reaping the benefits of a Constituent Voice feedback system and using data to improve their programs. Vickie Wambura the founder and director of the charity said: “We thought were gathering feedback but we kept
“What is this feedback thing all about?” I‘m hearing this question more and more as the word about feedback in social change is spreading. I say that it is about transformational change, though it works incrementally. I say that it is about listening and connecting with people, that it amounts
Keeping your employees happy is essential to the success of your business. Evidence proves that happier employees translates to higher stock prices and stronger overall business performance. That said, knowing you need to keep your employees satisfied isn’t the same thing as knowing how to accomplish such goals. Do you