Stay in the Loop, April 2014

In our fourth newsletter “Stay in the Loop”, Petra writes about how teaching is fun, Anneke about how storytelling empowers, Johan about a learning evaluation and Koen about what makes  a theory of change useful. Read our Newsletter
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TOC: A theory about everything?

Especially for development projects a theory that explains how to improve the world and the wellbeing of all people in it, would be very handy. Unfortunately we know such a theory doesn’t exist. Precisely because change happens in so many ways, organisations working in development should be clear about how they want to push it in the direction they think it should go. A Theory of Change (TOC)...
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Learning evaluation of Crisis Action

Johan te Velde of Double Loop has just finished an evaluation on the international NGO Crisis Action. Crisis Action was founded in 2004. It was clear that up-to-date information, clever coordination and efficient campaign tactics would be needed to compel world leaders to take action to protect civilians. Now, 10 years later, Crisis Action is filling exactly this niche, not only in the UK but...
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The ability to change

When I moved to Uganda in 2011 I was looking forward to engage in some disability work, like I had been doing when I lived in South East Asia. I was very pleased when I was asked by Light for the World to conduct an impact study on access to micro finance for persons with a disability. The study was conducted in 4 districts in Uganda and took place in January/ February 2014. It concerned a...
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5CAN Examples – learning organisation

The free 5CAN tool has been online for three months now, and it has been tried by a number of organisations. The answers and reports are confidential, but we can see a few trends. First of all, organisations seem to be very self-critical, because we note that the average score is below 3. Is this particular to non-profit organisations working for development? Secondly, the lowest scores can be...
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