The EIP functions as a global knowledge hub on P2P learning approaches, developing guidance and insights, and providing a platform for learning on institutional development and reform.
The EIP’s peer-to-peer learning guide was developed to help practitioners engage in and support effective P2P learning initiatives. It provides methodological guidance on the concepts and principles of peer learning, and outlines a five step P2P learning process. The guide is based on a mapping study of 52 peer learning initiatives, filling an important evidence gap on how, when and in what circumstances peer sharing and learning work.
Based on the results of the Lessons Harvesting: Learning from P2P Engagements report, the EIP has recently hosted a series of learning events on good practice P2P partnership approaches for supporting institutional reform. These focused on the following attributes of effective P2P partnerships for reform: (i) how to build trust and mutuality in P2P partnerships, (ii) the function of learning through interconnected systems and (iii) the benefits of unleashing local capabilities through P2P learning. The events tie in to the ongoing work to develop tools and approaches to improve the monitoring, evaluation and learning resulting from P2P initiatives.
Based on the learning guide, the EIP provided seed funding for the foundational phase of three peer-learning initiatives, implemented in 2017-2018. These SPARKS! grants were provided to support public procurement, climate finance, fiscal decentralisation and local revenue mobilisation, and the use of evidence in parliamentary deliberation. The main lessons coming out of the process are contained in a joint EIP and National School of Government International (UK) report and adds to the emerging evidence on the contribution of peer learning to capacity building and public sector reform efforts.