A rigorous approach to lesson learning

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From: Juliana Caicedo, posted on 2010/08/06

Hi everyone,

A newcomer to this group, I’m looking forward to participating in many interesting conversations. I’d like to start by consulting you on an issue I’ve been struggling with: what would be a rigorous (almost scientific?) yet light enough methodology/approach to capturing lessons learned throughout the project cycle. As humans, we all have our own perceptions and biases, so I’m looking for a way to minimize those and extract lessons from an intervention that can become valid/solid evidence to inform a new program /project, perhaps in a different context. I believe that a methodology that is too heavy or cumbersome will just discourage people from properly reflecting and capturing their lessons learned for the good of the organization, but I also think that rigour is important if we are to use those lessons to inform decision making.

Grateful for any insights and experiences that you’d like to share with me.



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Juliana Caicedo
Atanu Garai
Nancy White
Arthur Shelley
Juliana Caicedo
Ian Thorpe
Manuel Flury
Christina Merl
Jaap Pels

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