If you’re thinking of running a SenseMaker project – I’d strongly recommend reading these first. In recent years, the Narrate team has been working closely with UNDP staff on SenseMaker projects across Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. UNDP staff regularly blogged about their experience of using SenseMaker in field on the UNDP website, but […]
It’s been an “interesting” few weeks at breakneck pace, so I’m a bit behind in putting things up. So, catching up bit by bit – here are the slides from the ESRC Learning From Incidents seminar at Southampton University on 15th October, along with some reflections from the morning. Download 002 Learning from Incidents – […]
After a good six years of SenseMaker® projects, one of the consistent things has been the difficulty in feeding back results to stakeholders in ways that help them make better decisions. (I’m not a fan of big reports – partly because I think they tend to make great doorstops and bin-fillers, but mostly because I’m […]
The other week I was out in Kigali, Rwanda again – looking at the frameworks and practicalities around the upcoming three-year programme working with young girls across the country. SenseMaker® will be a big part of the evaluation and we’ll be exploring how to use it for continuous monitoring at the same time. But this […]
I’m in Antrim, Northern Ireland tomorrow, working with a bunch of smart people who are using SenseMaker to understand patients’ experience of healthcare across the region – it’s called the 10,000 Voices project. We met a few months ago, when I ran a one-day introduction to the principles of SenseMaker, how to design projects and […]
Narrative research being run by the UNDP across Eurasia is providing useful insights to new programmes and activities. Using SenseMaker, new projects are about to be rolled out in Kyrgystan, Belarus and Georgia.
The past couple of days, therefore, has been an interim stage – the first workshop and subsequent work was about getting narrative projects designed and collection started, this workshop was about starting to understand what the narrative was revealing and how to use it with different groups to engage and move to actions. … One of the many reasons I like using SenseMaker® is that, while it starts as a research tool in its initial stages, the real potential lies once we’ve gathered material – then it can morph into a monitoring system, knowledge-sharing facilitator, learning tool, innovation catalyst and much more.
I’m packing to leave for Hong Kong in about half an hour – looking forward to some of the discussions that will ensue around Strategy, Leadership and Innovation next week, then off to Sydney for the Cognitive Edge Foundations course. For the UK-based, however, I’ve just had details of a talk I’m giving with a […]
I mentioned this on Wednesday. Details are finalised: Practical approaches to intractable problems Prof Dave Snowden, Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge Thursday 4th November, 9.30-12.30; 1.30-4.30, QEII Conference Centre In recent years, techniques and tools are making it possible to exploit complexity and anthropological approaches to solving intractable problems – those issues that have proved […]
I’m spending time this afternoon at the launch of the UK office of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). While it’s a subject I’m keenly interested in, it’s not one in which I’ve got depth of understanding. I struggle sometimes to understand some of the conversations, but many of the issues around things like […]