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This four-part series of case studies provides a practical look at what it means to implement an adaptive management approach. Each case study will outline the context, impact, reflection, and tools related to each example of adaptive management. Examples include utilizing institutional knowledge; sequencing, layering, and integration; scenario planning; and quality improvement verification. The activities and programs implementing these examples include BHAKARI in Nepal, Apolou in Uganda, and Graduating to Resilience in Uganda.

Pre-Implementation Learning Sessions for Institutional Memory: Lessons from the Kickoff of BHAKARI

This case study describes BHAKARI's use of institutional knowledge from its predecessor projects. Before beginning implementation, BHAKARI hosted a series of learning sessions on the takeaways from its three predecessor projects: PAHAL, SABAL, and MRED. These sessions allowed BHAKARI to build on the learning from previous projects and to avoid facing similar issues. The learning sessions helped a wide range of stakeholders involved in the program understand what worked and did not work in previous activities.

BHAKARI’s Approach to Sequencing, Layering, and Integration

This case study describes BHAKARI's use of the Integrated Community Assessment and Action Planning (ICAAP) method of monitoring. From the ICAAP process, BHAKARI was able to identify the most vulnerable communities and households for targeting and use a systematic approach to working with them. BHAKARI's use of ICAAP helped the team to avoid pitfalls of its predecessor projects in layering and integrating interventions across sectors. 

An Adaptive Scenario Planning Process Prompted by COVID-19

In the midst of unprecedented uncertainty, Graduating to Resilience decided to develop a context monitoring and adaptive scenario planning tool and process to help anticipate and plan for the ways in which lockdowns provoked by COVID-19 could influence their programs. Using a scenario planning approach helped the team identify factors within their operating environment that could affect their ability to implement their activity and proactively determine alternate approaches. 

Using a Quality Improvement Verification Checklist to Build a Learning Culture

This case study describes Apolou's use of a Quality Improvement Verification Checklist (QIVC) to build a learning culture. The QIVC helped Apolou use data to identify when approaches needed to be adapted and generate team conversations around decisions. Overall, the tool has helped the team to coalesce around the goal of continuous learning and improvement.