Learning

Cross-DFID Learning

The objective is to achieve cross-DFID learning and exchange of knowledge about effective BE reform through appropriate dissemination of lessons learned and learning events, including case studies illustrating learning points. The learning activity develops a database of evidence by type of BE reform and an evidence gap map of current knowledge and evidence. The evidence map is updated regularly and is used to develop an annual synthesis of new and existing knowledge.

The information generated by learning activities is continuously strengthened through an analysis of evidence gathered from technical support, policy research, and stakeholder engagement activities over the life of BERF.

Learning notes on BE Reform:

The learning notes series captures critical reflections on BE reform, focusing on different approaches, practical challenges in implementation and lessons to be taken into account in future work. The notes provide a critical reflection on what worked and what did not work in particular contexts. 

The emphasis is on practical lessons for the design and implementation of BE reform. The notes provide additional references to encourage practitioners to reflect more critically on the design and implementation of their programmes.

An annual synthesis of knowledge:

From the database of evidence by type of BE reform, evidence gap maps are produced and analysed to develop an annual synthesis of existing and new knowledge for circulation to DFID Country Offices.

Learning reports on specialist BE reform topics:

The rapid desk-based learning reports series disseminates for the benefit of DFID Country Offices on-demand reports on lessons learned on more specialised topics and expert thinking to inform policy and practice.

Learning Events on BE Reform

BERF organises online events (webinars and other web-based collaborative events) for DFID Advisers and Managers funding BE reform programmes.  Online events are moderated by consultants expert in a particular topic.  Where required, these events can be linked with Adviser retreats and other country-level leasson learning initiatives. 

Guidance on BE reform project management and structure:

BERF offers guidance on the merits of a particular approach to BE reform and on best practice in structuring and managing BE reform programmes.  The guidance is provided by specialist expertise drawn from across the BERF Consortium and is synthesised from a review of BE reform literature and documents.