A SYSTEMS APPROACH TO SOLVING COMPLEX PROBLEMS

"Systems thinking can help identify non-linear nuanced causal linkages rather than focusing on linear cause-and-effect relationships"

USING DATA TO DRIVE CHANGE AT AKILAH

“Without data, it is easy to make a lot of assumptions about what women want and need. But what they want and need is not stagnant.”

DO FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS REALLY UNDERPERFORM THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS? NO!

There is a widespread myth among practitioners and academics alike that female-run businesses underperform male-run businesses.

WHY YOUR BUSINESS GOALS MIGHT NEED A REALITY CHECK

Entrepreneurship is not for the faint-of-heart.

WHY SERIAL ENTREPRENEURS AREN'T ACTUALLY MORE SUCCESSFUL THE NEXT TIME AROUND

While many entrepreneurs do have an upward trajectory of performance, study after study has found results to the contrary.

RETHINKING EVALUATION: USING BIG DATA AND OTHER INNOVATIVE TOOLS AMIDST CRISES

IES needs to explore both conventional and non-conventional options for conducting evaluations

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DeftEdge helps organizations address complex issues from UN reforms and international money laundering to restructuring field operations and planning for a more sustainable agriculture.

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DeftEdge and its associates have extensive experience managing international organizations, innovating in government, designing M&E systems, and undertaking evaluations on five continents. Our broad portfolio ranges from strategic evaluations of UN systems to assessing the impact of INGOs working to transform rural agriculture systems and gender norms.

Benchmarking and Setting Standards


DeftEdge has been entrusted with assessing the quality of evaluations and evaluation systems at organizations such as ILO, UNCEF, UNFPA and UNODC..

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DeftEdge has helped over 100 organizations manage for results, hone their practice, and articulate their success. These include the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), Earth  Rights International (ERI), START, New Economic Partnership for Africa’s  Development (NEPAD), African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), The  Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Organization for  Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSDW), International Council  for Science (ICSU), International Vaccine Institute (IVI),  International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), the  World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER), the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), the European  and Developing Country Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP),  International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research (icddr,b) and  INDEPTH network.

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