The Organizational Pillars create the work flow processes needed to support the cycle of assessing performance, promoting learning, and making changes to our operations and our practice. These pillars consist of processes, systems, tools and people:

Organizational processes, systems and tools

  • Programmatic alignment to Millennium Development Goals, other impact indicators and underlying causes of poverty.
  • Sophisticated impact measurement systems that measure impact at the project and national levels.
  • Information systems and data gathering tools to facilitate data collection, storage, analysis and reporting.
  • Processes that connect organizational performance data, annual planning processes and evaluations (data + action + accountability).

People, face-to-face interaction and capacity building

  • OPL coordinators team that ensures ongoing data collection, analysis, learning and decision making.
  • Facilitators who apply the data gathering tools with project teams to collect data in ways that promote learning and lead to immediate changes in practice.
  • Decision makers who are responsible for defining targets and making decisions based on results of organizational performance at different levels.
  • Face-to-face meetings in which data are analyzed, knowledge is shared and decisions are made.
  • Ongoing training to ensure that new personnel understand the OPL system, how it works and the associated responsibilities of staff.