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Our Work

Innovating in organisations

Organisations are continuously changing, but their leaders and members are not always aware of this..

Unfolding
leadership

Leaders have traditionally played a pivotal role in how organisations evolve and adapt to different scenarios. 

Facilitating meaningful processes

Facilitate and support change processes has been part of our services since the beginning of P&I.

Evolving
capacities

With a mix of interactive learning approaches and activities we help a wide range of stakeholders.

Empowering
teams

We use different methods and tools that enable more inclusive, agile, and fruitful interactions.

Learning &
Evaluating

We have experience in multi-country and multi-stakeholder programmes, projects and organisational evaluation. 

 

Organisations are continuously changing, but their leaders and members are not always aware of this-and even many often resist it! Some changes are intended, many are not. This dynamic scenario represents an opportunity to connect to emerging patterns and activate everyone´s potential to evolve.

P&I offers organisations a wide range of approaches to navigate change in a positive tone. We help them produce holistic self-assessments (even if focused on one strategic function such as fundraising and governance we approach them as interdependent functions), detect leverage points for change, and decide what actions could be taken for the wellbeing and evolution of everyone.

We have also studied and worked with organisations that are manifesting new co-leadership approaches that enable them to become spaces of innovation, self-organisation, and unravelling of talents and purposes.

Innovating in organisations

Some of our projects

  • Re-thinking funding models for ASIES (Guatemala) and ARU (Bolivia) 

  • Creating new ways to develop a strategic plan for CIPPEC (Argentina) 

  • Mentoring for new fundraising strategies for Providus (Latvia), Seechange, Praxis (EE) and Panoptykon (Poland) 

  • An organisational assessment for how evidence is used in the Secretariat of Public Administration (Peru) and the Environmental Protection Agency (Ghana)

  • Development of Context Matters Framework to strengthen the use of evidence in policy decisions

  • Innovating in governance for ASIES (Guatemala) and Grupo FARO (Ecuador)

Facilitating meaningful processes

Facilitating and accompanying change processes has been part of our
services since the beginning of P&I. Our approach is systemic and
participatory: it takes into account the individuals as well as the complexities
of the living systems in which we all exist. Through approaches like design thinking,
Theory U, the art of hosting, and others we create safe spaces that allow for
collective intelligence to emerge achieving meaningful results.

When we work in change processes, we focus on the visible and measurable elements that contribute to change (processes, capacities, etc.) and also on the invisible ones (culture, ideas, values, etc) which may times remain hidden or implicit.

We use different methods and tools that enable more inclusive, agile, and fruitful interactions such as Liberating structures, Theory U, and Design Thinking.

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Some of our projects

  • Re-designing the strategic planning process for CIPPEC (Argentina) 

  • Diagnosing and improving the use of evidence at UNICEF (South Asia and East Asia and Pacific regions) 

  • Unleashing Southern Research Leadership with Technology with INASP, AuthorAid, The Institute of Coding, and The Open University (Global) 

  • Strengthening the financial sustainability of ILAIPP and its members

 

Empowering teams

People relate to each other and collaborate naturally if they are able to connect their personal purpose to the bigger, shared mission and vision of their team and organsisation. Transparent and deep conversations create the necessary trust and empathy to strengthen collaboration within teams.

The more organisations are able to listen and incorporate different voices, views and interests into their creative processes the more effective they will be. We empower collaboration in teams by bringing everyone together in safe spaces where all voices can be heard to co-create the better possible future.

We use different methods and tools that enable more inclusive, agile, and fruitful interactions such as Liberating structures, the Dare to lead toolkit (Brené Brown), and Agile methods.

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Some of our projects

  • Empowering middle managers to lead engaged teams  for Latcom (Argentina) 

  • Face to face workshops on “Engaged teams” at American Express (Argentina) 

 
 

Unfolding leadership

Leaders have traditionally played a pivotal role in how organisations evolve and adapt to different scenarios. Within our VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world, more and more leaders today acknowledge that they do not know how to effectively lead and inspire others. The available knowledge and evidence are not sometimes enough to have clarity on how to move on.

We support leaders who are transitioning to new ways of co-leading organisations that capitalise on collective intelligence, self-management, and shared purposes. We train and mentor leaders willing to take on new approaches that lead to co-creation, the integration of heart and mind, and empowering teams to unleash their true potential.

We also help leaders integrate different sources of knowledge, ranging from inner wisdom to local and indigenous knowledge and research generated by experts and professionals.

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Some of our projects

  • Integral Leaders for Global Challenges under the OnThink Tanks School (Global) 

  • Graduate courses on Emerging Leadership at Universidad Austral (Argentina) 

  • Mentoring directors and coordinators to design and implement M&E strategies for Open Society´s grantees (Eastern Europe) and funding strategies (Eastern Europe and Latin America) 

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Evolving capacities

With a mix of interactive learning approaches and activities we help a wide range of stakeholders further develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes to better contribute to their organisations and contexts. We do this with an emphasis on horizontal exchange and an artful combination of theory and practice.

Learning for us needs to be context-relevant and fit for purpose. Within our evolving capacity efforts, we always strive to help individuals apply what they learn to their workplace: through development of plans and strategies for their institutions, to mentoring and technical assistance for implementation.

Our capacity building activities also integrate good practices from around the world to inspire our participants with new approaches, tools, and ideas and also learn from them.  

We help participants improve their skills in areas such as policy engagement, policy-relevant research, communications, fundraising, monitoring, evaluation and learning, leadership, and gender and diversity, among others.

Some of our projects

  • FAO workshop on Monitoring, evaluation, and learning of policy influence

  • United Nations Evaluation Group workshop on Monitoring, evaluation, and learning of policy influence

  • Capacity building of African researchers and policymakers to improve evidence use in policy decisions (Pretoria)

  • Seminar to encourage Argentinean policymakers to try innovative approaches to plan and manage their work

  • Online course Leaders of change: helping policymakers develop their capacity to promote the use of knowledge in policy (Latin America and Africa)

  • Online courses on monitoring, learning and evaluation, designing a policy-relevant research agenda, rethinking funding models, and strategic communications (through P&I’s platform, and On Think Tanks School) 

  • Technical support and advice to the Capacity Building Phase 2 in Latin America for the Think Tank Initiative (Latin America)

 

Learning & Evaluating

We contribute to strengthening organisations’ learning culture by designing and applying co-creative, participatory, and diversity-aware evaluation approaches (from data collection, to use and communication), that embrace both successes and failures.

We have vast experience in multi-country and multi-stakeholder programmes, projects and organisational evaluation. We gather expertise in collecting and analysing information from different sources, synthesizing lessons, and developing actionable recommendations based on achieved and not achieved outcomes and learning.

We have extensive knowledge systematization capacity: we produce practical research that can be used in specific ways by different practitioners to inform activities, projects and other decisions.

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Some of our projects

  • Evaluation of the global initiative Research4Life. Case study: Honduras.

  • Evaluation of Rimisp’s Project “Transforming Territories” (Chile, Colombia, and Mexico)

  • External Review of Rimisp’s Territorial Cohesion for Development (CTD) Program

  • Developing MEL strategies for think tanks in Ukraine

  • Light touch review of the online course Leaders of change: developing Latin American policymakers’ capacity to promote the use of knowledge in policy

  • Strategic reviews of Capacity Building Phase 1 and Phase 2 of IDRC´s Think Tank Initiative (Latin America) 

  • Development of Links of policy influence, a methodology to evaluate Rimisp’s initiatives

  • Development of an M&E methodology to monitor and evaluate the policy impact of Save the Children UK’s EVERY ONE campaign