Our service offering

This page outlines some of our specific services relating to making better decisions in development by drawing on complexity thinking.


Capacity building – Making decision under conditions of uncertainty

This is a training session combined with a reflection session that assists managers and practitioners in economic development to better understand the complex adaptive systems that they are working in. The workshop is presented in an interactive format and the team can immediately apply the theory to their working environment to improve both insight and decision making.

 

Estimated duration: from 1 day to 3 days onsite depending on context

Combining analysis with complexity insight

This offer involves training a team working in a development programme in technical analytical methods like value chain, cluster, regional or sub sector development with insights into diagnosing and improving complex economic and social systems. This will allow practitioners to diagnose and improve living systems in an ongoing and participatory way. At the same time the capacity of the system to identify areas for improvement and respond to changes in the environment is strengthened. In this approach there is less emphasis on creating reports and more emphasis on creating new connections between ideas, people and dynamics. Furthermore, designing portfolios of safe to fail experiments are prioritized, while organizational development is focused on supporting ongoing improvement in the broader system. This offer can easily be extended with ongoing coaching and support.

 

Estimated duration: from 2 days to 5 days depending on team experience, programme design and context.

Programmes in distress – increasing impact when things don’t go as planned

Often development programmes are planned under ideal conditions with several assumptions in place. But things in the real world can change fast, or change may be harder than we anticipate. By applying insight from the field of complexity thinking it is possible to reflect on the original plan and the subsequent learning from the field in order to design a new set of sub activities under current conditions. This is like a turnaround strategy for a programme, private sector development portfolio or a project. It is not always necessarily to completely redesign a whole programme and its high level objectives, but this depends on the design and the context.

 

Estimated duration: from 2 days to 5 days depending on team experience, programme design and context

Supporting the acceleration of innovation and development in developing countries

The factors that enables growth, development and innovation to take place in an industry or region in a developing country are complex, changing and interdependent. By seeking to accelerate a particular kind of economic activity we are assuming that the change will be positive, appreciated and supported by a variety of local stakeholders. To set a process of ongoing improvement and creative development underway requires a process where diagnosis and improvement happens simultaneously. We call this process of analyzing through interventions the Systemic Insight approach. It allows local stakeholders to deepen their understanding by taking action, while their international development partner supports a facilitated process that reduces the risks for local stakeholders to discover, explore and experiment with new options for development.

 

Estimated duration: from 2 days to 5 days depending on team experience, programme design and context

Monitoring – building a framework for continuous learning and adaptation

Economic development programmes need to be politically smart and adaptive. Only under fairly stable conditions, pathways of change can be predefined in logic models and implemented according to plan. In complex conditions a programme needs to explore possible ways of doing things and stimulate change by introducing options into the system. A monitoring framework needs to support the programme in making decisions by providing the right information at the right time in a pragmatic yet credible and reliable way. We support the programme in setting up a new monitoring framework or improve on an existing one, inspired by insights from complexity sciences and from anthropology and cognitive science on how change happens in complex human systems and how to observe and measure this change.

 

Estimated duration: from 5 days plus options for on-going support and coaching

Using narrative recording to improve interventions and programme design

Mesopartner work closely with Cognitive Edge to apply its unique SenseMaker® technology to record and analyze narratives in complex systems in order to support desired change. We are able to design and implement SenseMaker® projects in the economic development, innovation, science and research fields.

 

Estimated duration: from 2 days to 5 days depending on team experience, programme design and context

Coaching leadership teams to become more adaptive and agile in their decision making processes

In this role, Mesopartner will assist a leadership team to master and apply several instruments from the complexity thinking and evolutionary sciences. This will assist the leadership team to become more agile, more sensitive to weak signals, and more able to make adaptive moves as the context changes. We also refer to this approach as joint sense making, as it helps leaders to become better at communicating their perspectives and adjusting their beliefs and responses based on what they learn together.
Estimated duration: from 2 days to 5 days, combined with onsite and remote coaching and backstopping.

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