Action learning: a new methodology for working politically
DLP is creating a new methodology to help development practitioners. Action learning is a different way for them to monitor and evaluate their work as they experiment with new ways of 'thinking and working politically' (TWP). The aim is to build an evidence base of the successes and failures of TWP, and build practitioners’ skills through research-based learning. It does this by rigorously documenting, contextualising and explaining the processes and outcomes of development programs as they unfold.
Action learning departs from established forms of internal monitoring and evaluation, external consultancy-based assessments and academic-style organisational ethnography in a number of ways. It is solidly grounded in expert knowledge of the contexts in which practitioners and their partners operate. It is rooted in analytical frameworks drawn from established literatures. It takes account of current debates about development among academics and development practitioners. Finally, it offers regular opportunities for discussion and debate with development practitioners and their partners.