Study Reveals How Organizations Can Improve Performance

MSI Technical Director, Suzanne Bond Hinsz, is helping USAID rethink its approach to capacity development and sustainable performance improvement. Ultimately, this could help USAID achieve greater results.

MSI recently completed a large-scale study, From Capacity Development to Sustainable Development, for the E3 Bureau. This study has implications for USAID management and staff, as well as for development practitioners and funders globally. This research revealed that small, low-cost changes in the way practitioners approach performance improvement can help them achieve far greater results.

Organizational development helps organizations, teams and individuals increase their impact and effectiveness, even in the face of unexpected challenges. It is a difficult task in the best of circumstances, made even harder for institutions working in complex environments. After two years of evidence-based research, the study uncovered 50 Promising Practices to create sustainable, long-lasting results.

Hinsz will present an overview of the study findings at the International Society for Performance Improvement conference in Montreal later this month with Jeff Shahan, Human and Institutional Development (HICD) Advisor at USAID. The presentation will make the linkages between sound organizational development practices and USAID’s HICD approach. To view a preview of their presentation, watch the video below.

To learn more, read this article highlighting the study findings.

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Contributing to Aid Effectiveness

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Read more about Evaluation Utilization at USAID.

For more about how MSI contributes to evidence-based decision making, click here.

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MSI President Emeritus Elected to Lead SID-International

IMG_1705_web GOMSI President Emeritus, Larry Cooley, is taking on a new challenge as President of the Society for International Development (SID).

SID members form a global network of international development practitioners, scholars and policymakers spanning 17 chapters, the largest of which is located in Washington, D.C. (SID-W). Since 1957, SID has facilitated the open exchange of ideas and innovations across the development community, driving dialogue around issues like environmental sustainability, gender equity and global partnerships. MSI and its parent company, Tetra Tech, have long been active members of the SID community.

In the coming years, Cooley believes SID-International will play an increasingly important role as a platform for collaboration and discussion. “In these turbulent and challenging times, we need more than ever a venue for civil discourse, honest debate, and constructive engagement about our common future,” said Cooley. “That has been SID’s contribution to the development discourse for 60 years and the role I hope we can continue to play in helping to shape and advance a global conversation about issues like globalization and protectionism, inequality, financing for development, and global climate change.”

Cooley steps into his new role after 13 years of service in various SID leadership positions, including seven years on the board of SID-W and six years on the Governing Council of SID-International. Cooley takes over from Ambassador Juma Volter Mwapachu of Tanzania who served as President of the Society from 2011, and whose exemplary leadership is deeply appreciated.

Previous SID presidents include former U.N. Secretary-General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and Mahbub ul-Haq, renowned economist and creator of the human development approach.

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Global AC Impacts, Post #3: Positive Impacts of Anticorruption Programs on Trade and Investment.

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How can US trade and investment be promoted through anticorruption? We analyze our database of USAID-funded anticorruption initiatives (from 2007 to 2013) to examine this question, provide examples, and explain the outcomes. Read more in our newest technical note – Positive Impacts of Anticorruption Programs on Trade and Investment.


Global AC Impacts, Post #2: More Economic Rewards for Developing Countries and Donors as a Result of Effective Anticorruption Programs

regulationsandrulesIn the previous technical note in this series, we discussed some positive effects of successfully implemented anticorruption reforms on strengthening the business-enabling environment and promoting the inflow of foreign direct investment and trade. But how do effective anticorruption programs impact on regulatory structures that can restrict trade, investment and economic activity?


Global AC Impacts, Post #1: Effective Anticorruption Programs Promote More Foreign Investment and Trade

ShipIMGMSI is pleased to share with you some practical research findings we’ve developed on the impacts of anticorruption programs worldwide. Over the next few months, we’ll be sending you links to short technical notes we have written that offer evidence-based insights on how donor support for effective anticorruption initiatives can produce significant results that:

  • – Improve business opportunities for US foreign trade and investment
  • – Reduce state fragility and vulnerability to terrorist activity
  • – Boost the private sector and economic growth
  • – Improve a country’s standard of living and human and social development

Our results are focused on demonstrating what, when and how anticorruption initiatives are effective in advancing such development goals. The first of our technical notes shows how successful anticorruption programs foster increased foreign investment that can benefit US business and trade into the future.


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Explaining Training and Capacity Building in Lebanon through Engaging Infographics


Enjoy these two infographics created for the our Lebanon-based project known as BALADI CAP.  The project team works with civil society and municipal partners to build capacity through training and other support, particularly in the areas of internal governance, financial management and monitoring and evaluation.  Funded by USAID, we work with more than 50 civil society partners (CSOs).  These improved skills in turn help these organizations strengthen their ability to serve local populations.

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