Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation.
Education systems are complex. Changes often lead to unintended consequences. Reformers often face multiple competing issues making it difficult to decide where to start and how.
We know that reformers in government face not only technical challenges, but also political pressures. 'Big results fast' is often what is needed. At the same time, the education policy space is a noisy place. Multiple national and international agencies push forward reform demands and proposals.
Our approach is to foster and help reform teams inside government and administration in their journey for better schools. We not only provide cutting edge policy advise on pressing issues, but are ready to partner for long-term reform journeys.
BUILDING ROBUST SYSTEMS
Reforming education systems beyond pilots and ad-hoc activism requires a commitment to experimentation and out-of-the-box thinking.
Harvard University's Center for International Development has developed a toolset for such honest reform undertakings: Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA).
The video explains its logic.
We believe that we cannot import blueprints from abroad to solve our problems in education. Instead, we need home-grown solutions. For this, we need to enter roads untravelled. Even though we will be confronted with uncertainties and unexpected problems, we still can prepare ourselves for the journey and plan the journey in a manner that allows us to realize when we turned wrong and when we have turned right.