SAVI, a DFID funded programme implemented by Palladium, is an adaptive programme, aiming to put learning and adaptation at the centre of all decision-making.
Learning and adaptation takes place in SAVI at three levels: the work of partners; the work of SAVI delivery teams; and the enabling environment of the programme as a whole. Achieving this involves:
- Removing the roadblocks that can prevent creative thinking, such as delivery against top-down pre-set results, pre-determined budgets and fixed technical or financial inputs.
- Creating and investing in space for structured reflection and learning, helping staff and partners to stand back from their day to day work, consider the bigger picture, and think creatively – and use lessons to inform their planning and strategic direction.
- Allowing freedom to fail – halting initiatives that seem unlikely to succeed, and scaling up others where strategic impact is more likely.
- Developing systems to quality assure decision-making, and analyse and report adaptive change processes and results in ways that reinforce good practice internally and meet donor requirements.
Communications focus on informal sharing by partners and staff as an intrinsic part of learning and adaptation at all levels – as well as formal communications for external audiences.