The Building State Capability (BSC) program at Harvard's Center for International Development (CID) researches strategies and tactics to build the capability of public organizations to implement policies and programs.
BSC has developed the Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA), a process of facilitated emergence which focuses on problems (not solutions) and follows a step by step process (not a rigid plan) that allows for flexible learning and adaptation. PDIA is a learning by doing approach that helps organizations develop the capability to solve complex problems while they are actually solving such problems.
LTC 13: Message in a battle: Why comminications matter in a pandemic
On October 8th, 2020, Building State Capability hosted an event titled: ‘Message in a battle: Why communications matter in a pandemic’, as part of Harvard’s Worldwide Week. The event featured a presentation by Peter Harrington, who worked with the Government of Liberia to craft their communications strategy in response to the Ebola crisis. He prioritized simplicity, conciseness, and truth in this crisis communications initiative as a means of creating awareness and influencing social behavior to reduce the spread of the Ebola virus. Peter shared lessons from his experience in crisis communications that can be applied to the current COVID-19 pandemic response of countries throughout the world.
IPP Week 11: Maintaining your Authorizing Environment
LTC 12: Empowering Work and Learning, Even if Things Seem Chaotic
In this BSC podcast, Prof. Matt Andrews interviews Harvard Kennedy School Professor of Public Management Mark Moore. Mark tells us why leaders should allow messiness and focus on providing their teams with information, encouragement, and a sense of urgency during crisis response even though they may feel that they should be taking control.
4P Model for Strategic Leadership: Projection (4 of 4)
In this BSC podcast, Salimah Samji interviews Harvard Kennedy School Lecturer in Public Policy and Leadership, Robert Wilkinson about his 4P Framework for Leadership and the fourth P: Projection.
4P Model for Strategic Leadership: People (3 of 4)
In this BSC podcast, Salimah Samji interviews Harvard Kennedy School Lecturer in Public Policy and Leadership, Robert Wilkinson about his 4P Framework for Leadership and the third P: People.
LTC11: Sources & Tips to Manage Burnout
In this BSC podcast, Prof. Matt Andrews interviews Harry Fletcher-Wood, PhD student in Public Policy at King's College London. Harry discusses the sources of burnout and provides insights on how to try and reduce burnout during crisis situations.