Moving towards an approach to change our business-as-usual mindset. Going beyond the challenge and thematic funding calls (part3/3)
A more holistic approach to public sector challenges is required that values outcomes over processes, embraces diverse voices and inputs, and looks at the whole system instead of its separate parts. By adopting systems approaches, policymakers can focus on areas where change can have the greatest impact and fundamentally transform the policy-making process.
Today’s challenges are comprehensive and systemic, requiring a response that reflects similar principles. A portfolio-based approach is one such response, which seeks to develop, test, learn, and scale a suite of complementary interventions that can shift complex systems by focusing on multiple intervention points. This approach is a platform for strategic learning and action, helping to understand problem dynamics and identify effective interventions over time.
I am not aware of a support structure in this space that brings in the principles of system thinking and change as an outcome of a community or entrepreneurial intervention, and when interventions are provided they are often short term in their offer of support.