Effective Problem Solving in Learning Organisations

Issued 17 October 2017


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Free event: 23rd October 17:30-19:00

In our information rich era, success is driven not by how much you know, but how well you learn. If organizations around the world are to address our most pressing challenges, they need an evidence-responsive, context-sensitive, and adaptive approach to problem solving. This requires a structured and embedded decision-making process. The Smart Policy Design and Implementation (SPDI) framework, developed by Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at the Harvard Kennedy School, offers an analytical methodology—from problem identification to diagnosis, design, implementation, testing, and adaptation. This iterative cycle enables public, private, and non-profit organizations to become effective and flexible problem solvers. Professor Khwaja, one of EPoD’s faculty leads, will present the SPDI framework and illustrate it using his experiences in addressing the global challenge of financial inclusion.

Speaker: Asim Khwaja, Professor of International Finance and Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, Co-Director of Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), and Co-Founder of the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP).

Discussant: Connell Foley, Director of Strategy, Advocacy and Learning (Policy Unit) at Concern Worldwide.

Closing Remarks: Elaine Hollowed, Policy Unit, Irish Aid