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Innovations, lessons learned and good practices


Advance Africa
's approach to best practices is an innovative method of providing technical assistance to managers at the operational level by identifying and classifying program models according to their effectiveness and replicability. Searches can be done by: Region/Country, Technical area, Type of practice, Target population and Impacts on the strategic objective. The site also provides an FAQ on best practices as well as links to resources on best practices.

Ashoka Changemakers Collaborative Competitions - “open source” innovative, workable solutions to the world’s most entrenched social problems. Competition entries are posted online and available for anyone to view and collaborate with by providing new ideas, asking insightful questions, and providing connections to new resources. The collaboration provides the competitor information to be used in refining their entry until the entry deadline. Collaborative competitions last roughly 3½ months and begin with the creation of a Mosaic of Solutions. The Changemakers community votes for 3 winners that each receives $5,000. During the competition period the exposure entries receive leads to a series of collaborations that have included multi-national companies replicated entries in new countries, entries connection to new donors, and entrants forming partnerships. Find the collaborative competitions that excite you and get involved now!

The CAPAM International Innovations Awards is offered to members every two years. Members are invited to submit a 1,500-word description of a significant innovation in public administration and management, in accordance with the rules and theme of the Awards. Submissions are judged by an international jury of esteemed public sector leaders. Winners are presented with the Gold, Silver or Bronze Award at the President's Banquet at the CAPAM Biennial Conference.

Global Development Network (GDN is a worldwide network of research and policy institutes working to provide a fresh and relevant perspective to the development challenges of our time. GDN is now accepting submissions for the Eighth Annual Global Development Awards and Medals Competition 2007. The Competition is a competitive funding mechanism established by mutual cooperation between GDN and the Government of Japan. Themes for this year's awards include: Addressing Vulnerability in Fragile States; Household Exposure to Risk: Effects on Poverty; The Rule of Law: Providing Security for Women’s Rights, Security and Development: Challenges and Opportunities; Natural Resources: and Risks and Implications for Sustaining Development.

Implementing Best Practices Initiative (IBP) is a consortium of twenty-five organizations including the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs, USAID, WHO, UNFPA and others. The mission of the IBP Initiative is to improve access to and quality of reproductive health care by helping local and national programs introduce, adapt, and apply evidence-based concepts and best practices. The IBP Knowledge Gateway allows you to participate in discussions by e-mail or online. It also provides an online archive of discussions, documents, contacts, announcements and a calendar of events – all of which can be retrieved from any computer, at any time.

Management of Social Transformations (MOST) This Clearinghouse on Best Practices offers an interactive rich list of model projects and policies applied internationally, that aim at improving the quality of life of individuals or groups suffering from poverty and social exclusion. Key categories of the MOST database are: indigenous knowledge, poverty eradication, social exclusion/integration, urban governance, women and gender equality. A link to information on how to become involved in this initiative is also provided.

Resource Centre Effective Practices Collection is an online database of effective program practices. The Collection supports agencies conducting national and community service projects in developing sustainable programs that lead to positive outcomes, by making ideas and information widely available across a national network of service and volunteerism. The Effective Practices Collection includes four types of effective practices, each with an icon for identification. The site includes information on the definition and criteria for effective practices, and allows visitors to share practices.

Social Edge is the global online community where social entrepreneurs and other practitioners of the social benefit sector connect to network, learn, inspire and share resources.The online Discussions cover topics crucial to the success and growth of nonprofit organizations across the globe. Social Edge also hosts a library of articles written by experts in the field. These archived events and articles contain a trove of practical advice and recommendations for practitioners in the field of social entrepreneurship. The Resource Wiki allows you to learn, read, search, edit and contribute to social entrepreneurship. The wiki section on Concerns, Problems and Solutions with regards to global scope and related topics.

The INFO Project, based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs, envisions a world of interconnected communities where shared reproductive health information improves and saves lives. The One Source tool combines the resources of six unique databases from INFO and the Health Communication Partnership. These databases include the Best Practices Signpost, , Photoshare, M/MC Health Communication Materials Database,Reproductive Health Gateway, CIRE and Custom Tablemaker. The Best Practices Signpost provides annotated links to websites and online publications with information on best practices - as well as good practices, promising practices, lessons learned, and evidence-based medicine - in family planning and reproductive health.

The World Bank's Development Marketplace (DM)
Development Marketplace (DM) is a competitive grant program of the World Bank that funds innovative, small-scale development projects. DM's primary objective is to identify and support creative cutting-edge solutions to the most pressing social and economic concerns of our time; ideas that deliver results and have the potential to be expanded or replicated. Global DMs are held every 12-18 months and is open to all ideas that meet the published eligibility criteria. Awards range from US$50,000 to US$200,000 while the average award size is roughly US$140,000. Country DMs are organized by local World Bank offices at a national or regional level with awards between $5,000 and $25,000.

UN-NGO-IRENE Best Practices Network
The site includes thematic networks that are corresponding to the themes of the High Level Segments of ECOSOC, as well as representing topical subjects of importance within the international development community. The available projects on the web site are categorized by these networks and presented with information such as methodology, evidence of results, and impact on surrounding environment, etc. The Interactive Map Selector allows visitors to sort projects using different criteria and gives a geographic sense of the spread of civil society engagement around the world. Users can sign in to the site and rate the practice documents. ONLY Organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC can submit their Best Practices/Success Stories to be presented on this web site.

UN Department of Peacekeeping (DPKO)'s Best Practices
The Peacekeeping Best Practices Section assists in the planning, conduct, management and support of peacekeeping operations by learning from experience, problem solving and transferring best practices in United Nations peacekeeping. PBPS is developing a best practices “toolbox” for field missions, which explains how to conduct After Action Reviews and introduce a Best Practices Reporting mechanism. E-mail networks connecting people with similar functions and interests (Communities of Practice) will also be introduced. The Unit is also establishing a Field Network of Best Practice Focal Points that will iform the Section’s policy and advising work.

UN Habitat's Best Practices is a joint product of UN-HABITAT and The Together Foundation. The database also contains Best Practice Briefs, summaries of selected practices from around the world designed to provide an overview of how cities, people and their communities are solving critical social, economic and environmental problems. The purpose of this biennial award is to recognise and enhance awareness of outstanding and sustainable achievements in improving the living environment as per the basic criteria established in 1995 by the Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and the Dubai Declaration. Every two years, 10 outstanding best practices receive the award. From 2006 onwards, awards will also be given to 2 best practice transfers.

UNAIDS's Best Practice Collection on HIV/AIDS
In 1997 UNAIDS began the production of its ‘Best Practice Collection’— a series of publications ranging from guidelines, updates and policy papers to case studies, handbooks, and examinations of particular challenges and responses, all designed to promote learning, share experience and empower people and partners engaged in the AIDS response. To be considered as a ‘best practice’ for the UNAIDS Collection, a programme must fulfill a number of fundamental criteria. First, the programme must be ethically sound. It must also be relevant, cost effective, sustainable and replicable. Best Practice publications are reviewed by experts within UNAIDS and from other UN system organizations.

UNESCAP's Good Practice Suite: Exchange of Experience - The objective of this programme is to find and examine the good experiences in the region, and use the ideas and practices to enhance everyone's efforts to achieve sustainable development. ESCAP calls them "good practice examples" instead of "success stories" in an attempt to give fair judgement on country examples, rather than to decide whether they are "successes" or "failures". See also their criteria for good practices. A Peer Review Committee consisting of third party experts reviews the example against the criteria.

UNICEF Evaluation and Research Database - this database contains a collection of quality evaluations that have passed the UNICEF Evaluation Report Standards and recommended studies and surveys.  Each record has an Executive Summary with a full copy of the report, complete rating form with comments, and the Terms of Reference (TORs) attached where available.  Reports are sorted by Country, Date, Theme and an Advanced Search screen provides many other options. The main purpose of this database is to provide methodologically sound research. The site is a good reference for sample TORs, sample methodology, and initial information for lessons learned.

United Nations Public Service Awards
The United Nations Public Service Awards recognizes the institutional contribution made by public servants to enhance the role, professionalism, image and visibility of the public service (ECOSOC decision 2000/231). The award aims to: discover innovations in governance; reward excellence in the public sector; motivate public servants to further promote innovation; enhance professionalism in the public service; raise the image of public service; enhance trust in government; and collect and disseminate successful practices for possible replication. See also: Compendium of Innovative E-government Practices and other UNPAN Publications




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