Article: Every Practitioner a “Knowledge Worker”: Promoting Evaluative Thinking to Enhance Learning and Adaptive Management in International Development

  This article promotes practitioners’ evaluative thinking to foster more complexity‐aware monitoring and evaluation for learning and adaptive management in complex and dynamic settings. Instead of simply carrying out activities based on predetermined plans or checklists, practitioners can be ‘knowledge workers’ who use evaluative thinking to promote collaboration, learning, and …

Report: Making Operational Decisions in Humanitarian Response: A Literature Review

During a crisis, humanitarian leaders must make a range of decisions while grappling with different types of information (at varying degrees of “completeness”), challenging timelines with life-saving implications, and often a large degree of risk and uncertainty.  Effective decision-making which fosters adaptability and creative problem-solving in operational humanitarian response has …

Resource: Professional Standards for Protection Work (3rd Edition)

The Professional Standards for Protection Work (third edition) has been published and was launched in March 2018. These encompass a set of minimum but essential standards for ensuring protection work is safe and effective, reflecting shared thinking and agreed Standards among humanitarian and human rights practitioners. The third edition is …

Webinar: What’s Missing? Adding Context to the Urban Response Toolbox

The humanitarian community has come under increased pressure to achieve more meaningful results and demonstrate impact through protection programming, mindful that the current practice often tends to replicate programs across contexts without adequate investment in analysis or consideration of what actions are necessary to reduce the specific risks different people …

Event: Practicing Safe Data: A Roundtable Discussion

With new technologies enabling faster data collection and information management, there are opportunities for these technologies to be harnessed for continuous context-specific analysis in support of protection outcomes; however, if not handled responsibly, they can also expose individuals to additional risk. On April 5th, InterAction hosted a roundtable to dive …

Joint Webinar Series: Social norms as they relate to the fields of gender-based violence, violence against children, sexual exploitation and the abuse of children and adolescents

How can we better understand what norms underpin and create an enabling environment for violence and exploitation, and how can we transform them through promoting positive norms for child and adolescent development and well-being? In 2018, the Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation, and Abuse (LINEA) at the London School of …

Podcast: From the Inside Out, A New Podcast Series from USAID Learning Lab

In previous RBP Updates, we have examined how collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) can help translate a results-based orientation into practice through iterative reflection, learning, and relationship-building. (See here, here, and here for previous examples.) By improving our ability to learn, we can adapt our programming to be more responsive …