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DIFFERENT USES OF OLMs (redirected from Uses of OLMs)

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  • TO ENCOURAGE COMMUNICATION & DISCUSSIONS AMONG AND ACROSS PROJECT TEAMS : 

When project teams develop their OLM as a part of their planning stage, they share their assumed ToCs. Also, OLMs are useful for looking at the potential synergies across projects when targeting change/influence within the same actor or group of actors.

 

 

  • TO COMMUNICATE THE PROJECT LOGIC TO OUTSIDERS :

We can use attractive/graphic OLMs (not a table). For example, the ‘models’ that can result from graphic modeling efforts, ‘stripped logic’ OLMs, which should ideally fit in 1 screen or slide, and an example of a derived ‘graphic’ OLM.

 

 

  • FOR REFLECTION : 

Before they can be used in reflection, OLMs need to be stripped right back to the core logic. This can serve as a trigger for discussion about whether the project at hand is doing the right thing.

 

OLMs can be used for reflection to discuss some of the following questions, leading to the adjustment of the project work plans (in the learning cycle):

 

    1. Are our assumptions still true in the light of what we learnt and changes that are going on in the broader context?
    2. Are we still trying to get the same actors, or have we found other ones?
    3. Are some changes already happening or do we need to focus on new ones?
    4. Do we still think they change behaviors and adopt new practices in the way we first thought?
    5. Will these changes in KAS be achievable? Or do we need new ones?
    6. Are these strategies + outputs working so far?
    7. Do we still think these outputs + strategies will lead to these changes KAS and Practice?

 

 

  • TO ARTICULATE THE PROGRAM LOGIC AND FIND GAPS :

An overarching program made up of individual but interconnected projects, has a broad ToC, or program logic, that must incorporate and take into account the interactions between the individual (project) ToCs. Project OLMs can ‘add-up’ to a program logic, and this program logic should also adapt and change to what is happening at the project level.

 

 

  • TO HELP WITH ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT :

OLMs can help us get away from projects and programs that simply sign up to deliver outputs without ever asking if they are still needed. By first making explicit and then refining and revising our project logic., or theory/ies of change, we ensure that the outputs we design will have a real use later on in generating outcomes in our target user groups. We can also then make sure that if these groups change, so will our outputs, and vice versa.

 

 

  • TO HELP WITH EARLY MANAGEMENT OF NEXT USERS OF THE PROJECT'S OUTPUTS :

The OLM identifies who will be the next users of research outputs and what they need to know and think differently about before they use it. This can guide the design and participatory research methods that bring in next users as co-innovators. A premise that underpins OLM thinking is that early engagement with next users will help create a research output that is more appropriate to the needs of next users and which next users are more inclined to use because they were involved in its development.

 

 

 

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