fbpx PDIA in Action: Challenges & Experiences | Harvard Kennedy School
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Date and Location

March 1, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
R-414ab David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab


Building State Capability (BSC) program uses the Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA) approach to help organizations develop the capability to solve complex problems and to implement public policies. PDIA is a process of facilitated emergence which focuses on problems (not solutions) and follows a step by step process (not a rigid plan) that allows for flexible learning and adaptation. In this seminar, Salimah will discuss the challenges and experiences BSC has faced when implementing PDIA in-the-field. She will draw on examples from BSC’s work in Albania and Sri Lanka, and talk about the recent launch of the PDIAToolkit, a Do-it-Yourself kit for teams to use when solving complex problems.