To respond to the ever-changing field of budget work and the needs of our partners, we embed learning across the organization, through our programs and partnerships. This learning approach requires asking ourselves and our partners difficult questions:
IBP’s approach to learning is multi-faceted – from frontline action to organizational strategy. We seek to balance rigorous assessment and learning with practical and strategic application of evidence and insights. This involves rigorous problem analysis, the development of theories of action and facilitating cycles of action, reflection and adaptation. We bring together diverse evidence and insights about context, our approaches, how and why change may or may not be happening and necessary adjustments based on evidence and observations.
IBP’s learning for the coming years is guided by the following strategic questions:
IBP has long prioritized learning as an important pillar of our approach and has built it into many of our programs and partnerships over the years. This has resulted in an extensive library of case studies, evaluations and assessments and other learning tools and resources we have developed over the years.
In 2016, IBP created the Strategy and Learning Team to facilitate learning efforts and ensure learning informs our strategic decisions as an organization. This has led to more regular and robust PMEL practices undertaken with our teams and partners.
We engage in learning through multiple modalities, including:
We also engage a number of partners to promote joint learning. This includes a partnership with the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and the Accountability Research Center at American University to undertake an innovative action learning partnership called “Learning with SPARK”.