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Process Documentation to support learning and change

Published on: 28/09/2011

Documenting change is a vitally important activity for learning from and improving the work carried out in development initiatives.

Just as collecting information and analysing key activities and outcomes of a project provides initial insights, it is also necessary to reflect further on why interventions followed particular courses and the contexts and stories behind their successes and failures. Documenting change processes and not just outcomes can improve practice and learning by focusing on the factors that led to these outcomes

'Process Documentation' can be used for group internal reflection purposes and adjust “project” implementation where needed based on deeper understanding of processes and influencing factors; and to share experiences with others with a purpose to raise awareness on group lessons and encourage scaling up where understanding and outcomes seem promising. IRC has conducted several training workshop on Process Documentation (PD) in WASH, including training in the EMPOWERS project, in SWITCH and WASHCost. 

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