April 29, 2018

Using Rapid Cycle Learning to Infuse a Culture of Continuous Learning 300pm  -  600pm Using Rapid Cycle Learning to Infuse a Culture of Continuous Learning Harding Room

Using Rapid Cycle Learning to Infuse a Culture of Continuous Learning

How do we go about setting and answering key learning questions that will both build real-time evaluation capacity and feed into program implementation and outcomes achievement? Rapid cycle learning (RCL) has been used in places as varied as the military, the private sector, emergency response, and healthcare. As evaluators we can use RCL to institutionalize regular reflective practice, apply multiple lenses and perspectives, and facilitate on-going course correction based on real-time data.

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of RCL’s origins and fit within the evaluation world. Participants will then have hands-on practice planning for RCL within an evaluation approach, and using RCL tools such as after action review, pre-mortems, and text polling. Participants will also discuss the challenges of using RCL, including creating organizational change for RCL use, and will develop ways to address these challenges within their evaluation work.

Presenters: Lisa Frantzen & Jared Raynor

Participant Outcomes:

  • An understanding of the history of rapid cycle learning and how it fits into the evaluation world
  • Practical tools for integrating rapid cycle learning within programmatic or organizational contexts
  • An understanding of the challenges of rapid cycle learning and how to address them

Prerequisites for Attendance: None

About the Presenters:

Since her time as a program manager working at international NGOs, Lisa Frantzen has been interested in finding ways to ensure that ongoing programs truly contribute to the changes they seek to make. Now, as a Senior Evaluation Consultant at TCC Group, Lisa works with foundations, nonprofits, and companies to integrate evaluation practices and create a culture of learning. Rapid cycle learning is one such way that Lisa has worked with organizations to systematize data collection and to use the findings to understand what programmatic changes need to be made along the path to achieving outcomes.

At TCC Group, Lisa has led evaluation engagements with clients such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, Symantec, Pew Charitable Trusts, Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child, Hand in Hand International, Women Deliver, and Princeton in Africa.

Jared Raynor is the Director of Evaluation at TCC Group.  His work has included dozens of evaluations related to topics such as capacity-building initiatives, rapid cycle learning, evaluation system design, strategic planning, and strategic organizational assessment.  He has worked extensively on evaluating policy and advocacy work, and currently serves as the Co-chair of the Advocacy and Policy Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association.

Clients have included a diverse array of organizations, including the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, the Atlantic Philanthropies, Feeding America, the California Endowment, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is the author of numerous publications and speaks frequently at conferences and workshops.  Select publications include: “What Makes an Effective Coalition: Evidence Based Indicators of Success”; “Building an Effective Advocacy Organization: A Framework for Examining Advocacy Organizational Capacity”; and “Capacity Building 3.0: How to Strengthen the Social Ecosystem.”

Fee: $75

Session Category :  Pre-conference Workshops