There are many theories on how to analyse the efficiency of a development intervention. Then again, these are just theories. What happens in the real world? In practice, it can be quite a struggle to analyse the efficiency of a certain project in difficult circumstances. That is why The Efficiency Lab is looking for projects and programmes that are willing to embark on developing a pilot version of a so called Theory of Efficiency, and testing it in practice.
A theory of efficiency can be seen as a special Theory of Change*, focused specifically on change towards improved efficiency. In combination with a conceptual framework, methods and tools presented by experts, the Theory of Efficiency could provide the best possible ánd feasible way to address the efficiency question.
A theory of efficiency is an idea that has not been further developed and tested yet. Therefore, The Efficiency Lab is looking for two to four organisations or partnerships that are willing to embark on developing a pilot version of a Theory of Efficiency and testing it in practice. To this end, organisations/ partnerships that participate in this pilot are asked to appoint one, but preferably two or more efficiency champions or frontrunners who will be involved in developing and testing the pilot. The champions / frontrunners will first develop a pilot version of a theory efficiency that is tailored to the needs and characteristics of their own organisation.
What is in it for you?
Participating in this pilot will generate important benefits for your organisation and for the development sector:
- A number of your staff will become experts in efficiency analysis and they can share that knowledge with colleagues.
- The theory of efficiency that they develop will help your project, programme and organisation to stand out in the way the efficiency question is addressed.
- Your organisation will be one of the pioneers in this field and the entire sector will benefit from your lessons learned.
What does the pilot entail?
You can read more on the pilot, an estimated time effort as well as needed resources in this PDF on the Theory of Efficiency. Do you have any questions or are your interested to participate in this pilot? Please contact Heinz Greijn via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Theory of Efficiency could provide the best possible ánd feasible way to address the efficiency question.
Have a look at these ten cases of efficiency analysis
In November 2017, The Efficiency Lab challenged three experts on to recommend what methods to use in different, practical cases. The Efficiency Lab documented ten typical cases of development interventions, drawn from the practice of member organisations of Partos. A panel of experts composed of Markus Palenberg (The Institute for Development Strategy in Munich, Germany), Pol de Greve (Context, international cooperation) and Antonie de Kemp (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IOB) was invited to formulate, for each case, recommendations concerning the most appropriate methods and tools for analysing efficiency. Here you can find these cases and recommendations. Take a look at these examples, select the one similar to your own case and find out which method or tool to use for your efficiency analysis!
* Setting up a Theory of Change is like making a roadmap that outlines the steps by which you plan to achieve your goal. It helps you define whether your work is contributing towards achieving the impact you envision, and if there is another way that you need to consider as well.