LINC bridges the divide between academia and the practitioner community through action research.
Why We Do It
The development landscape is poorly understood and complex – involving unpredictable behaviors at the domestic and international levels, ever-changing governance, rules, norms and roles. External actors have traditionally approached this complexity in developing countries with a bias toward categorization, standardization, grouping and neat linear thinking, with mixed results. Additionally, although a robust suite of academic tools exist to rigorously examine complexity, these tools are often used only in narrow studies intended for academic audiences rather than being adapted to answer the questions of local development practitioners.
How We Do It
LINC manages a portfolio of action learning initiatives, assessing best practices, strategies and impacts of development efforts that empower local actors to lead their own development. Our research is conducted in collaboration with local and international universities, think tanks, NGOs, government and private sector partners. Our work bridges the divide between academia and the practical constraints facing local actors in difficult environments. We make systems thinking and complex methods such as Social Network Analysis accessible to local actors through training, partnerships with local universities, fit-for-purpose data collection methods and analytical platforms. We publish and share our results, enabling local actors to learn from our methods, replicate and apply them as appropriate to their own circumstances.
Collective Action groups bring together local organizations in a given sector around common goals, providing a key platform to design and carry out research with immediate, actionable results for the practitioner community. Learn more.
Complexity-Aware M&E approaches allow for performance monitoring and evaluation that provides insights for continuous improvement, rather than just accountability. Learn more.