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Should we talk about our failures more? by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
July 30, 2007, 10:28 pm
Filed under: accountability

With the increased impetus for measuring the impacts of our programming, one challenge that emerges is how we deal with any short-comings or criticisms that may exposed by more rigorous evaluations.  This article, recently published in the New York Times, examines how foundations are increasingly admitting to failure as part of their efforts to promote greater transparency and learning from mistakes.  Referencing a recent Carnegie Foundation report that is about “the anatomy of a grant that failed, one official states, “Given the emphasis in foundations these days on communication, transparency and accountability, it just seems to me that you aren’t going to be credible if all you talk about is your successes.”   There are undoubtedly some lessons we could learn from here for our development work.  


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