Emerging Themes

September 10, 2010 | Candice Stahl

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The DNH Team has recently begun holding weekly meetings to discuss the Reflective Cases and pull out some of the emerging themes appearing across the cases.

Here are a few of the most prominent themes we’ve seen so far:

  • Donor Influence: How do donors promote or inhibit use of DNH? Do staff feel comfortable offering suggestions or revisions to project designs that do not follow DNH principles?
  • Champions: How reliant are staff on local DNH “Champions” or authorities? What happens to DNH use when the organizational champion or DNH authority figure leaves?
  • Training: How much training is needed for a person to feel capable of “doing” DNH? Within an organization, who should be trained in DNH (upper level management, project implementors, field staff, etc.)?
  • Creativity of Use: How do people use DNH? Do they use it formally or informally? What are some effective, creative ways of using DNH?

Do these themes appear in your context? How so?


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