Capacity Development

Development Capacity (Beta)

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module 14 Partnership Network Development Impact Pathway Analysis and Learning Alliance
Research to Development projects and programs have strong interface with the need for immediate dissemination and to achieve large scale. The process starts with an interface of adaptive research with partners with the intention that the partners will then disseminate the technologies or innovations that are coming out tested through the process. Few terminologies are used to indicate the types of partners needed: partnership, network, collaboration, alliance. Most of the time these terminologies are not well defined as they should be into something concrete in the project/program activities. Most projects/programs use them vaguely and very often fail to reflect them into activities, logical framework and in the budget. There are issues when it comes to the processes that are needed to be in place to ensure that such network/partnership/collaboration/alliance are identified, formed, integrated, followed up, monitored and evaluated. So impact pathways need to be outlined very early in the project/program through a tool such as Participatory Impact Pathway Analysis (PIPA) which need to be integrated firmly in the project/program management cycle. As program/project management cycle usually is managed through a logical framework, it is however then a requirement that all components as introduced above are integrated to be able to help projects/programs implement for outcomes/impacts that are set as targets. The components of capacity development and training course to address such issues could include the following:
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  • To understand how research/development works as a lever of change, including what their own projects are trying to do.
  • To understand and be able to apply these concepts and tools in their projects and programs (Participatory Impact Pathways Analysis PIPA, outcome logic models, problem trees and network mapping).
Scenario Projects interested in comprehensive linkage between planning into impact and committed to a systematic approach would organize such training workshops. Capacity on such skills would help open up and to link resources and actors beyond project. Projects such as CSISA, STRASA, IRRC, CURE, USAID-Seed, IRRI-CRS Bihar could get benefit from such training workshops.
Item Level Example/Case reference
Making definitions right in the vocabulary of project/program documents and in its implementation; Project/program formulation/document preparation PETRRA project documents
Project logical framework and milestone statements capture these terms right and operationalize them into context and do not create confusion among stakeholders Review of project/program documents CSISA project document reflect incompatibility between its scope and its desire for a PIPA
Process oriented projects allow partners to share together to find out direction to go, cooperate, work together, learn together and form longer term partnership and network Project/program; Regional and National Network; PETRRA: Uptake Forum, Focal Area Forum, National Breeder Seed Network
Learning Alliance as tool for project implementation National ADB Post-Harvest project experience in Vietnam, Cambodia, Phillippines
PIPA and Learning Alliance interaction National CPWF
Training/Workshop Objectives
  • To understand how research/development works as a lever of change, including what their own projects are trying to do.
  • To understand and be able to apply these concepts and tools in their projects and programs (Participatory Impact Pathways Analysis PIPA, outcome logic models, problem trees and network mapping).

A general framework is presented here to logically interconnect four closely related components for training and capacity building. These four components can be trained in a package or independently as training workshops as well.

training workshop framework

Components Strategy Status Reference
Problem/Objective Tree as part of PIPA Identifying issues that the project/program intends to address Developed separately
Partnership development Seen as the basis for project formulation; limited number of agencies are involved and bound by contract with donor agency Developed separately
Network Development Helps reaching users (next users, end users, politically important actor, donor, project implementers) of innovations Stated here as part of PIPA
Participatory Impact Pathway Analysis Synthesizing problems, outcomes, impact & vision of project/program using the network actors Stated here as part of PIPA
Learning Alliance Development Identify participants (organization/individuals) having interest in planning, sharing, reflecting and assessing impact of innovation together Developed separately
Participatory Impact Pathways Development (PIPA) Process (Douthwaite 2011): A sample Training/Workshop Road Map