Oct 27, 2017

What We’re Reading: Delivery and Implementation around the Web

Jacob Bathanti , Consultant

At the Global Delivery Initiative, we try to keep up to date on new reports, articles, and other media that focus on delivery challenges, implementation experiences, and development knowledge. We will be posting a regular roundup of links in this space - blog posts, articles, papers, videos, and more  that highlight recent readings. We hope you find this an enjoyable and informative feature!

Frameworks for evaluating service delivery and behavior change Last week we were honored to host a post from our friends at the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group. In the post, Susan Caceres, Ann Flanagan, and Tony Tyrrell lay out new frameworks to evaluate service delivery and behavior change. Check it out to learn more about “Putting the Beneficiary at the Center: Where Service Delivery Meets Behavior Change.”

Lifetime word limits for researchers? In this somewhat provocative piece for Nature, a researcher ponders the effects of a lifetime word limit for academics doing medical research. Perhaps this is fanciful – but what knowledge would you choose to share if you faced such a word limit?

Eradicating Polio: practitioner experiences What would it take to eradicate polio at the grassroots, even in difficult, remote, and conflict-affected areas? Check out this brief story from the New York Times, which showcases a video series from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. “Coffee with Polio Experts” gives the view from the ground, where many of the most difficult challenges manifest themselves. The videos, as the story points out, are unpretentious, direct, and worth a watch.

Future-proofing education in Bangladesh As we stare forward into a future fraught with new opportunities and challenges, disruptive technologies and exciting innovations, how can we make sure that we are prepared, and that we are preparing young people for this future? What would it mean for education systems to be ready for a bright future, taking advantage of new innovations and resilient to unexpected shifts and shocks?  BRAC’s Social Innovation Lab recently hosted a sprint and came up with ways to futureproof education in Bangladesh, from innovative partnerships to enabling experimentation.

Innovative and cost-effective ways to encourage teacher retention in remote communities Speaking of education, this piece from the Inter-American Development Bank’s Effective Development blog examines “The Effect of Upfront Payments on the Turnover of Rural Instructors.” While incentive programs to serve in remote rural communities can help with providing education to communities that might otherwise struggle to recruit teachers, difficult conditions may also mean that these programs themselves struggle to retain teachers. In an attempt to figure out what would work best to combat this problem, Mexico’s CONAFE program implemented incentive payments with an embedded randomized control trial (RCT). One payment schedule was implemented with payments over ten months; a second schedule targeted incentive payments to "peak dropout" periods. It turned out that the second payment schedule, targeting peaks, worked better. Check out the details here

Have you recently read or written something that you would suggest for inclusion in this weekly round-up? Please feel free to contact us.