Over the last five to six years I’ve collated a stash of approximately 1,600 articles relating to issues around adaptive development and open government. While this full list is stored in Evernote and can be searched by keyword and tags, I wanted to take a moment each month to highlight the articles that I found particularly useful and interesting in relation to Global Integrity’s strategy and its implementation – see here for a two page summary.
July Top Reads
- Sam Spurlin (April 2021) Why Your New Strategy Will Fail, The Ready, Medium – a great piece on the intersection of strategy and operating system, and the need for leaders to be conscientious gardeners rather than chess grandmasters. I’m excited to discuss with our new Managing Director for Finance and Operations, Andrew Haupt. That’s how I roll 🙂
- Joanne Greenhalgh & Ana Manzano (April 2021) Understanding ‘context’ in realist evaluation and synthesis, International Journal of Social Research Methodology – a top-quality take on two ways of understanding context [the second, more dynamic, more emergent, more blending project and context, is better!] and the implications for successful implementation of projects or initiatives. This has informed some of our recent thinking about cycles of mapping, planning and acting.
- Katherine Haugh & Monalisa Salib (April 2021) Common Challenges When Implementing an Organizational Learning Plan and What to Do About Them, The Global Knowledge Initiative, Medium – the third in a very useful series of blogposts from Katherine and Monalisa, about developing and implementing organizational learning plans. Useful reading for us as our Director for Listening and Learning, Raquel Rubio, develops our new organizational learning plan!
- Graham Teskey & Lavinia Tyrrel, (April 2021), Adaptive management toolkit, Abt Associates – a comprehensive guide to putting adaptive management into practice, drawing on extensive frontline experience. Also reviewed by Duncan Green, here.
- Rakhal Gaitonde (September 2019) – Corruption, taking a deeper dive, International Journal of Health Policy and Management– a great piece in a special issue on corruption in health systems, which makes the very persuasive case – a case that the SOAS-ACE sister program to GI-ACE explores – that “unless we understand corruption as deeply embedded in and propping up systems of power differentials, we will not be able to design interventions that will tackle corruption at its roots.” Boom.
See this document for a rolling list of my favorite reads in chronological order. If you’d like access to my full Evernote Notebook, drop me a line! I’ve grouped all articles within broader themes and categories such as:
- Open Data
- Fiscal Governance