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What we've been up to...

It's been a busy few months for the Springfield team. Lots of projects under way with more in the pipeline, and the launch of a new online training programme, which we hope will be the first of many. So here's a brief run down of just some of the things we've been working on.

Online Resource Development and Delivery of MSD Mentorship Scheme

Over three months in 2021, Springfield developed and delivered online training for over 20 staff from Mercy Corps Africa’s programmes. The four modules covered the following topics, with engaging exercises and case study presentations from other MSD programmes:

  • Intervention design and setting up measurement
  • Managing interventions and partnerships
  • Managing for scale and sustainability
  • Monitoring and results measurement

Evaluation of WASH systems change intervention strategy

Springfield is working with Lien AID to support their transition to a systems approach to improved water services in Myanmar. 

Lien AID has commissioned Springfield to provide an independent and objective assessment of the extent to which the programme in Myanmar has been able to effectively apply a systems strengthening strategy to its work in the Ayeyarwady region. A second phase of support, planned for later in 2021/2022, will comprise an evaluation of Lien AID’s performance and lessons learned in Myanmar toward catalysing sustained access to clean water and sanitation.

New Online Training Course

The Art of Investigation: Qualitative Research Methods

Last week we gathered a small group of development professionals for our first ever qualitative research training course – The Art of Investigation – and what a group it was! Participants joined us from eight different countries and numerous specialisms (including housing, agriculture, nutrition, gender, tourism, agriculture, skills, environment, forestry and aquaculture!) but there was one area where this group wasn’t diverse – every single participant was open-minded, keen to learn and committed to engaging fully in order to improve our qualitative research skills together.

Much of development practice depends on our ability to gather and analyse qualitative data and apply the findings.  It was an enormous privilege to work last week with talented development professionals on improving this critical and too-often underrated set of skills, and we’re already getting excited to meet our next group of participants. 

You can read a full recap
on our blog.

A second session is coming!
We had so much interest from all over the globe for our first event that we'd love to host a second programme in the later part of 2021. Dates are still to be confirmed, but in order to be as inclusive as possible, we're looking to prioritise participants based in North/Central/South America time zone - subject to interest. Applications from all time zones are welcome however.

So if this is for you, or your team, sign up now!!

Find Out More

In case you missed it... 

Here are a couple of recent posts from our blog. 

The Other F Word

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

These words have been repeated by many a British politician during the last twelve months as they tried to balance personal and state responsibility. And perhaps they have a point, particularly in the context of development.

Feasibility often seems to play more of a supporting actor in the MSD story, when it ought to be a main character. Lip service is often paid to feasibility considerations throughout analysis and intervention development, and then people are surprised when interventions don’t perform as expected. Building a series of ‘feasibility checks’ into intervention development is one way programmes can try to avoid falling into the toilet pit of despair we found ourselves in when, erm, things weren’t going exactly to plan.

Kate Fogelberg shares her story of 'feasibility failure', as well as suggesting some of the questions programmes can ask when assessing feasibility of the opportunity, the solution, and potential partners to help them avoid the same pitfalls.


Applying MSD To Change Consumer Behaviour for Healthier Lives: Lessons Learned From PSI

Springfield worked with PSI several years ago during their adaption of market systems development to a variety of health market systems. We recently checked in with them to learn how that adaptation has progressed.

Population Services International (PSI) recently celebrated fifty years of working to make it easier for all people to live healthier lives and plan the families they desire. It goes without saying that the world is a different place than it was when PSI started in 1970, but one thing that has not changed is PSI’s focus on consumer behaviour. Improved health outcomes are only possible if people adopt and sustain risk-reducing behaviours. What has changed is how the organisation works to enable people to live their healthiest lives.

This learning brief explores PSI’s journey – from the need to change its approach, to how change has taken place, to the lessons learned along the way.

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New Publication: Making Market Systems Work for the Poor – Experience Inspired by Alan Gibson

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a brand new publication, inspired by Springfield founder, Alan Gibson. Written by Joanna Ledgerwood and featuring contributions from Springfield members past and present and others in the field, this book is a must read for those in development.

The book is available from Practical Action Publishing in paperback, hardback and as an open source eBook.

What have we been doing recently?

A snapshot of the work we have been involved in over the past few months.
Best wishes,

The Springfield Team
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