The Efficiency Lab

How do we work on efficiency in international development?

Anne-Marie Heemskerk & Heinz Greijn
Anne-Marie Heemskerk & Heinz Greijn
Facilitators
heinz@partos.nl
Posted in: Making Data Count
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About

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. Often it seems that in development projects the efficiency question is not addressed adequately. The Efficiency Lab develops ways to improve this.

Can the same be achieved with less resources? Or can more be achieved with the same resources?

What the Efficiency Lab aims to achieve

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:

  • To develop a common understanding among development organisations (members of Partos to start with) about the concept of efficiency and the various methods for assessing efficiency, including their advantages and limitations.
  • To identify and/or develop a recommended repertoire of appropriate policies, methods, and tools for addressing the efficiency question in development interventions.

Panel of experts
The Efficiency Lab is supported by a panel of experts, namely: 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).

Our experts offer you three papers in which each of them explains that the efficiency question is not addressed adequately and what solutions there are to improve the performance of development projects.

Tips to get insight into the efficiency of your project
You may find it difficult to determine which theory or method is most appropriate for analysing the efficiency of your project. A method that is suitable for one specific project, is not automatically suitable for all of your projects. The Efficiency Lab gathered and documented ten of the most common project types within Dutch development cooperation. Then we invited our panel of experts to formulate recommendations on what method to use for each type of project.

Take a look at the examples, select the one that is similar to your own case and find out which method or tool to use for your efficiency analysis.

Team members

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Agnès Marsan
Simavi
Anne-Marie Heemskerk
Anne-Marie Heemskerk
Partos
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Arnold van Willigen
Woord en Daad
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Aukje te Kaat
Aflatoun
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Erik Boonstoppel
Oxfam Novib
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Gabriela Gutierrez
Aflatoun
Heinz Greijn
Heinz Greijn
Coordinator Learningplatform
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Herwig Cleuren
Cordaid
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Julio C. García Martínez
ZOA
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Kees Kolsteeg
GPPAC
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Margriet Poel
SNV
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Marieke de Vries
CNV Internationaal
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Mark Kirkels
War Child
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Paul Schot
Woord en Draad

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