©2018 Learning Loop. Designed by Phil Smith

We support learning systems design, organisational change processes, strategic planning, program design, evaluation, and facilitation of reflective events. 

 

Facilitation

Design

Analysis

Training

Evaluation

We work with local organisations and funders, supporting them in developing learning frameworks, merging pedagogy and development practice. We prefer to work alongside organisations as they integrate an approach or a tool in practice, in their particular contexts and relationships. Some examples of what we do:

 

  • Facilitation of learning and decision-making processes.

  • Workshops to introduce organisations to complexity and outcome-focused approaches.

  • Design of intentional learning systems, reviewing and deciding on tools and approaches which fit with their values, to make them relevant and integrated into practice.

  • Actor-focused program design processes.

  • Analysing communication and reporting tools in light of outcome focused and actor-focused approaches.

  • Facilitating organisational-wide processes for reflection on identity and purpose.

  • Training organisations on learning tools designed for complex social change such as Outcome Mapping, Outcome Harvesting, Most Significant Change and Everyday Political Analysis. 

  • Designing online tools for data management and analysis.

  • Conducted developmental evaluations of programmes, using Outcome Harvesting as an approach.

Experience to date:

Learning loop was started informally in July 2016 while Mariam was completing her masters studies. For a full history of our work experience please refer to our CVs which you can find here.

Design of an organisational review system for Olof Palme Centre (Sep-Oct 2019- current, Sweden)

Avoiding designing another assessment tool, we are trying to work out a useful tool to support OPC's partner organisations in their capacity development.

Follow up of Rafiki's M&E system (Sep 4, 2019, Kungsbacka, Sweden)

A day of exploring data, purposes of the learning system, and ways forward. 

Online support to International Solidarity Foundation's Outcome Harvest in Kenya (May 2019-current)

A former participant at an OM training in Finland led the evaluation who in turn has worked closely with two local organisations.

Evaluation of Evangelical Fellowship of Cambodia's Relief and Disaster Management Programme (Jul 25-Aug 3, 2019, Phnom Penh/Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia)

We sought to understand what difference the project had made, working closely with a team of EFC staff including ERIKS Development Partner staff. We did an Outcome Harvest with a large portion of social network analysis. The disaster preparedness network was highly engaged throughout the process. What an inspiration to see churches involved in this!

OM training for World Concern Myanmar's child protection team (27-31 May, 2019, Northern Myanmar)

We started the training by reviewing what the team had learned about the communities' own perceptions on desired change. This was a great way to launch in to a whole week of Outcome Mapping with a team already well familiar with outcomes as behavioural change. They developed some super-insightful and useful tools and plans firmly rooted in context and experiences!

Evaluation of WPN's Education in Emergencies project (May 20-June 6, 2019, Northern Myanmar)

This was my (Mariam) first time trying to understand education in a challenging conflict area. Again, working semi-remotely with a team of WPN staff, we did an outcome harvest using a resilience lens to understand the data. Lots of learning!

Design of a learning and evaluation system for Barnhemsdialogen (10 May, 2019- current, Bleket, Sweden)

We kicked off some longer term M&E work with a project seeking to inspire dialogue around the problems and benefits of orphanages. Making a relevant "baseline" was challenging!

 

Development of a Programming Workshop Concept for Olof Palme Centre (April-May, 2019, Stockholm, Sweden)

Initiating another four year funding period and with a new strategy, OPC wanted a relevant workshop concept developed. Phil and I (Mariam) drew on all that we have previously found useful to develop a set of materials and a concept in collaboration with methods advisors and programme staff. 

Evaluation of World Concern Myanmar's child protection work (22 Feb-9 Mar, 2019, Northern Myanmar)

This was our first semi-remote Outcome Harvest. A team of young (mostly Indigenous staff) were trained by me (Mariam) outside the project area followed by them sharing data in real time over a social media platform with me. It was also my first evaluation blogging experience aimed to help funders and head office staff follow the process. Phil supported with the quantitative (baseline and endline) data analysis.

Vision Development Workshop with SIL International (Jan 15-17, 2019, London, England)

I facilitated a processes of work through visions and goals with a super competent team. A highlight was taking breaks for new input and perspectives during our runs in the park, catching glimpses of sun and fresh air.

Follow up workshop for Chab Dai Coalition’s leaders on Outcome Harvesting (Dec 5-6, 2018, Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

The project teams have had a year of collecting outcomes! Together we looked at how to improve the process, analyse and follow up on outcomes! Planning the workshop together with their M&E advisor was a joy.

 

Monitoring support to the Rafiki programme team, an education programme which is a cooperation by Eriks Development Partner and Individuell Människohjälp (Oct-Dec, 2018, Gothenburg).

The team is working hard together to review their monitoring systems, aiming for a system that is practical and insightful. I have facilitated introductions to tools and facilitated processes and I am learning lots about schools in Sweden and the importance of what they do! 

Training courses: Outcome Mapping training and Follow Up on Outcome Harvesting training (Nov 19-22, 2018, Helsinki).

I was excited to come back to work with Kepa's network of members and to see the creativity they had used in applying principles from the Outcome Harvesting training to their monitoring and evaluation work. Congratulations to Kepa and Kehys now having become FINGO! 

Evaluation of Cambodia's Multilingual Educational National Action Plan 2015-2018 (July 2018-Feb 2019, Phnom Penh)

Dr. Jessica Ball and I co-led the evaluation contracted by UNICEF, a summative and formative evaluation to inform the new MENAP. It was a privilege to work with a team of local facilitators competent in indigenous languages and cultures of Northeastern Cambodia to explore changes from the level of the grassroots to national level! 

Training course: Learn how to harvest outcomes! (May 23-24, 2018, Helsinki).

21 participants from Kepa's civil society member organisations in Finland worked hard with 5 real participant cases from around the world to learn about harvesting outcomes. Kepa was among the five cases, looking at outcomes from their own work with capacity building. I believe real cases are always so much more complex and meaningful than made up ones! 

Outcome Mapping Learning and Exchange (April 30-May 2, 2018, Bangkok).

Simon Hearn, Jeph Mathias, and I enjoyed co-facilitating this workshop with participants mainly from Asia, but a few from Europe and Africa as well. Some were experienced users of Outcome Mapping and others more new to the OM philosophy and methodology.  A challenge for facilitation!

Workshop with Child Safe staff to design monitoring tools (April, 2018, Upon Ratchathani, Thailand).  

We started with a historical scan, exploring outcomes and their contribution, and continued to design monitoring tools. It was an intense week working around vision. So fun to see a note like this: "I have attended lots of trainings, but I haven't felt joyful like this time with you." :)

Workshop for all Chab Dai Coalition’s staff on Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting (Jan 2018, Phnom Penh, Cambodia and continuing...)

This is the kick off of an exciting and long process working with Chab Dai Coalition to revise their learning and M&E system. They want their learning systems to answer their main questions and better work with the outcomes they see from their work.

 

Workshop with PMU’s staff on Pedagogy and Complexity (Jan 2018, Stockholm)

PMU’s staff grapple with how to best support organisational learning and facilitate training cross culturally.  Together, we built on PMU’s positive experiences while engaging with theories related to complexity and participation. 

Training Course “Managing Outcome-Based Development” (Dec 2017 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

During 1 1/2 day, Jeph, Phil and Mariam engaged with 12 highly competent donors, directors, programme managers and consultants in discussing the core of the outcome focused approach while digging deep with practical issues of how to think about communication and aggregation of data while limited by existing systems and relationships.

 

Workshop on Everyday Political Analysis for Danmission’s partner organisations (Dec 2017, Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

It was exciting for Jeph Mathias and Mariam who facilitated this 1-day workshop to see how the Everyday Political Analysis (EPA) could be useful for participants who represented organisations working on projects as diverse as forest protection to peace and reconciliation. EPA is a relatively practical and easy tool to analyse the people and groups of people that project staff relate to, helping them to pay attention to the boundaries and relationships that their partners might have.

 

Training Course “Outcome Harvesting—Ideas and Practice” (Dec 2017, Mondulkiri, Cambodia)  

One of the principles of Outcome Harvesting is to learn about OH experientially, and the 15 participants on this course certainly had this opportunity.  Jeph Mathias and Mariam worked with participants to evaluate the ICC-iBCDE project in Mondulkiri and the changes towards dignified adaptation among the Bunong people which they have contributed to. A limited, but rich experience to see the progress made since I was managing the programme three years ago!

 

Training Course “Outcome Mapping—Basics and Beyond” (Dec 2017, Mondulkiri, Cambodia)

This was the first of a series of courses hosted by Mission Alliance.  Jeph and Mariam were privileged to work with 15 dedicated and well-qualified course participants from Norway, Malaysia, Pakistan, Cambodia, and India. It was evident that participants took the opportunity to grapple with complexity both in theory and in practice. Some of the organisations took their first steps to designing their work using Outcome Mapping and others reviewed the design they already had in place.

 

Analysis of SweFOR’s communication and templates for annual reporting in order to adapt them to be more outcome-focused (Nov 2017, Sweden)

Mariam felt as though she was back doing her masters thesis. She enjoyed doing an analysis of SweFOR’s foundational documents, application- and reporting templates, as well as samples of their reports, mapping out her findings.  The most exciting part was engaging in dialogue with partners and discussing with SweFOR’s Swedish staff and providing recommendations for new templates and annual reporting processes. To take that extra step to draft something as concrete as a draft template is very satisfying!

 

Facilitated an introduction to complexity, Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting during Eriks global meetings (Sep 2017, Gransnäs, Sweden)

It was dissatisfying to only have 6 hours, even though Mariam (and BunChhoeuth who co-facilitated this session) knew that all we could achieve would be to offer a first taste of a different way of thinking about development progress and learning.  Mariam later learned, however, that the 6 hours had caused new conversations among the participants who were programme leaders and finance personnel from Eriks’ different regions around the world as well as the Swedish head office and if organisational changes starts with conversation, then we did our job.

 

Outcome Harvesting training, designing for SweFOR's internal harvest of one of their partner organisations (Apr 2017, Stockholm, Sweden)

We only had one day together in Stockholm with the high goals of the international programme staff learning the foundations of Outcome Harvesting and designing a harvest in South Sudan to be conducted the following week. From a debrief in October, the experience had been meaningful for SweFOR and their partner organisation, and is, of course, part of a much longer process of integrating Outcome Harvesting in their work.

 

Translation of Swedish Mission Council’s policy documents to English (Mar 2017, Sweden)

Mariam enjoyed translating SMC’s resilience and gender policy documents from Swedish to English, learning from this reification (artefact) of their latest learning and thinking on these topics!

 

Training in Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting in Myanmar for Eriks partner organisations (May 2017, Yangon and southern Myanmar)

The one-week workshop with organisations working in various places in Myanmar was pure joy! Some organisations had a clear focus on human behaviour already, and working with outcomes fitted perfectly with their way of thinking. We spent two days working on an Outcome Harvest for one of the local organisation’s work in Southern Myanmar before finishing off with some higher level discussions on process, big picture, inclusion and M&E.

 

Training in Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting in Cambodia for Eriks Regional Office staff and their partner organisations (Feb-Mar 2017, Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

Getting to know five organisations during this one-week introductory workshop was a privilege. It was a challenge for organisations who were used to planning activities well and linearly to now focus on outcomes.  The Outcome Harvest in a Phnom Penh slum area during the last two days was what participants felt gave them the best understanding of outcomes and was an encouragement to the hosting local organisation who had not seen progress in that way before!

 

Long-term consultancy on M&E to International Cooperation Cambodia’s Village Integration Development Project (Jul 2016-Dec 2017)

It is satisfying to work with a project from ideas to practice! Mariam initiated discussions on their M&E needs and presented different roads they could take, trained the staff in Outcome Mapping and Most Significant Change, facilitated discussion on their reflection and reporting systems, supported the set up of their monitoring systems online and facilitated reflection and analytic processes in workshops in Cambodia. Beyond having an M&E system, ICC-VIDP now feel that their boundary partners better understand their own visions and what they want to achieve!

 

Co-consultant for an Outcome Harvesting evaluation of Ponleu Ney Kdei Sangkhum’s 3 year programme (Jul-Aug 2016, Cambodia)

Jeph invited Mariam to co-consult on this evaluation, which was such a privelege! We first introduced the PNKS staff and four representatives from the community to the foundational principles and methods of Outcome Harvesting for two days, before engaging them in a two week Outcome Harvest in villages in two Cambodian provinces. Each night Mariam and Jeph sat with a team of 4 PNKS staff and 4 community members to make meaning of the outcome stories we collected. We finished off the Outcome Harvest with a participatory evaluation workshop with key stakeholders using the questions we recommended to explore further and Jeph then continued to support the PNKS team in a “So-what workshop”.

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