Developing innovative solutions for accountable governance – with or without a tech focus – involves trying out new ideas and learning from the process. Throughout our support to innovations and technologies that have the potential to transform governance, and our efforts to build an evidence base on how they work, Making All Voices Count is committed to learning systematically from our experiences, sharing our reflections beyond the programme, and improving our practice.
“Our learning can help us to achieve transformative change that is moving towards more sustainable, powerful, fulfilling and democratic systems and actor behaviours,” says Making All Voices Count Director Dr Fletcher Tembo.
But how does this work? What kind of learning will lead towards transformative change?
“‘Learning’ implies a continuous examination of our assumptions, asking difficult questions and seeking answers both from ongoing practice and from research,” Tembo continues. Simply put, questioning our assumptions in order to consider whether we’re doing the right things leads us towards learning how we can do things better.
But in the everyday reality of day-to-day work, it’s often more complicated than that. Learning means different things to different people – and creates different kinds of change in different spaces.
This publication provides an introduction to some of the different kinds of learning that are important in implementing and monitoring accountable governance programmes. It includes a learning dictionary, and a set of tools that will be useful for accountable governance practitioners who are reflecting on their work and drawing lessons from it. It discusses how Making All Voices Count – an example of a donor-funded, accountable governance programme – makes sense of learning, outlines the aims and approaches of the programme’s learning strategy, and sketches some of the different types of learning that it is drawing on to move towards its goal of transformative change in governance.
Where do the opportunities for learning lie, and what have been some of the challenges in creating a learning culture?