A. Embarking on the pre-foundational stage

The Peer Learning Guide is in its consultation period until 1 February 2016. Please use the comment box at the bottom of the page to tell us what you think of the questions in this section.

Questions for your reflection

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Peer learning is a demanding process; and it may not always be the right process to foster when trying to strengthen the effectiveness of the public sector, its policies and institutions (by potential facilitators of peer learning or peer learners). These questions are meant to guide you in deciding if it is the right process, given your purposes and context.

1. What public sector reform types are you focusing on? 

  • Do you have a clear focal sector in mind?
  • Is there any kind of existing peer network or community in the sector? 

2. What is your theory of change about this reform?

  • What are the goals of reform?
  • What are the means by which you think these goals will be reached?
  • What are the assumptions underpinning your view of how means lead to goals?

3. What knowledge gaps are you trying to fill in this reform area?

  • What other learning approaches could you try to fill these gaps?

4. Why do you want to engage with peers?

  • Is it for learning or other reasons?

5. Are you clear about who the peers are that you plan to engage with?

  • Do you know how you will attract these peers?

6. What are the hoped-for benefits of fostering peer learning in this context?

  • Who will learn what, and from whom?
  • How will the peer learning impact reform?
  • How will you measure the success of the learning process, and when?
  • What are the hoped-for benefits of engaging with other peers in this context? What kinds of information will they need to share?
  • How long will they need to engage?
  • What kinds of activities will they need to participate in?

7. As a peer, what are the challenges for you to engage in the full peer learning process?

  • What are the political challenges?
  • What are the logistical challenges?

8. As a peer, what costs/challenges do you expect in participating in peer learning in this context? 

  • How tough will it be to get this done politically?
  • What resources and capacity do you need?
  • Do you have enough support?

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