As a mission-driven ‘think-teach-and-do’ tank, the development of new concepts and ideas is fundamental to what we do. There are some key thematic areas in which we are thought leaders where we focus a lot of our innovation and learning.
Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P)
The Springfield Centre was instrumental in the initial conception, development, and improvement of the Making Markets Work for the Poor approach. The approach and variants of it, has since been employed by a wide range of donors in a wide range of sectors, with over £3bn having been programmed under the approach, sustainably increasing the development outcomes of millions of poor and disadvantaged people.
Understanding, defining, intervening in systems to catalyse change in systems, and then monitoring and measuring it, are areas where Springfield has contributed significantly to thinking. Developing frameworks such as AAER (adopt, adapt, expand, respond), Springfield has helped to simplify complexity to a point where development thinkers and practitioners can better develop a vision for sustainable change.
Measurement and Evaluation of Systems
Complex systems do not lend themselves to traditional impact assessment. Due to a belief that a systemic approach to development, if implemented effectively, has the greatest potential to deliver large-scale, sustainable change, Springfield have sought to innovate in the field of evaluation to define new approaches to capture systemic change.
In complex systems, internal and external conditions are constantly changing and effective development programmes are required respond to these changes. Structuring the programme team, the contractual arrangements, monitoring systems, and relationships between key stakeholders needs to be done in such a way as to allow this responsiveness and Springfield have contributed significantly to concepts and guidance around adaptive management to help facilitate adaptive management.
Springfield is comprised of a team of experts with hundreds of years’ colective experience across development. Over this time we have developed views of what works, what doesn’t, and the structural conditions at the funder level which help determine these outcomes. This is a common theme of our knowledge outputs.