How do we work on efficiency in international development?
The Efficiency Lab was established in April 2017, in response to the finding from the MFS II evaluation that development organisations, evaluators and practitioners struggle with the concept of efficiency: How to measure and analyse efficiency?
Can the same be achieved with less resources? Or can more be achieved with the same resources?
Efficiency analysis of development projects is often of poor quality. This hampers the development of innovative, more cost-effective interventions. Therefore, the aim of the Efficiency Lab is twofold:
Have a look at these ten cases of efficiency analysis
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 on 23 November 2017, Partos / The Spindle organised a conference on efficiency. The Efficiency Lab challenged three experts on to recommend what methods to use in different, practical cases. 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! Read more…
Piloting a Theory of Efficiency?
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. Read more…
The Efficiency Lab panel of experts: 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).
The Efficiency Lab Facilitators: Anne-Marie Heemskerk (Partos) and Heinz Greijn (Learning 4 Development)