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1. Development as Four Fold Transformation

In order to better understand and respond to implementation failure, it is instructive to start with a big picture summary of what we think most people believe “development” to be. In this introduction video, Michael Woolcock discusses how a society undergoes a four fold transformation in its functional capacity to manage its economy, polity (political systems represent the aggregate preferences of citizens), society (rights and opportunities are extended to all social groups) and public administration (organizations function according to meritocratic standards and professional norms), becoming “developed” over time.


2. Capability Trapped in a Big Stuck

3. Form ╪ Function


  3a. Isomorphic mimicry in Argentina 3b. Isomorphic mimicry in Uganda & Melanesia  
4. Capability for Policy Implementation
5. Typology of Tasks by Capability Intensity needed for Implementation
  5a. Why do we need a typology? 5b. Is your activity transaction intensive? 5c. Is your activity locally discretionary? 5d. Is your activity a service or an obligation? 5e. Is there a known technology for your activity? 5f. Putting it all together
6. Understanding your Ecosystem
7. Understanding your Authorizing Environment
8. What is PDIA?
  8a. How is PDIA different? 8b. PDIA: Moving from mimicry to results  
9. Constructing Problems to Drive Change
  9a. Selling solutions vs solving problems 9b. Real problem driven reform 9c. Constructing problems that matter 9d. Deconstructing sticky problems 9e. Problem-driven sequencing
10. Specifying the Design Space
11. Learn, Iterate, Adapt
  11a. Iteration is research in action 11b. Learning by crawling 11c. Crawling together in Cambodia  
12. Maintaining your Authorizing Environment
  12a. Who is the leader? 12b. Multi-agent leadership in action  
13. Measuring success: means or ends?
  13a. Functional indicators as a way to build capacity  
14. Scaling through the Diffusion of Practice


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