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Practical tools for measuring system health

This brief paper describes an effort to build a set of basic and easily used tools for monitoring system dynamics, or system health. The term, “system dynamics,” refers to the way actors, or agents, within a system act and relate to one another. It includes flows between agents as well as the norms that govern the way groups of agents in a system make seemingly independent decisions.

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Confronting Organisational Challenges to Mainstreaming Women’s Economic Empowerment in Market Systems Development Programs

Since the first formal presentation of the concept of women’s economic empowerment (WEE) in market systems development (MSD) in the 2012 Women’s Economic Empowerment M4P framework discussion paper1, the rationale for mainstreaming WEE in MSD work continues to gain conceptual and practical traction, particularly in those programs which have headline WEE objectives and reporting requirements.

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Testing Tools for Assessing Systemic Change: Outcome Harvesting

In this report, a researcher with the USAID/LEO activity, in collaboration with the BEAM Exchange, used Outcome Harvesting (OH) to identify and analyze unintended outcomes arising at least partially from the Alliances Lesser Caucasus Programme’s (ALCP’s) successful efforts to facilitate an improvement in the dairy industry in Kvemo Kartli, Georgia. In so doing, we also evaluated the OH approach as a technique for understanding systemic change related to a market systems program.

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