From Thinking in Circles

Emerging Tools for Community-Driven Evaluations

Last year, I had the opportunity to take part in “Designing Evaluations For What Communities Value,” a meeting organized by the Institute of Medicine’s Collaborative on Global Chronic Disease along with Thicket Advisor Pritpal S Tamber. The meeting brought together people trying to think differently about community-driven health programs. Our key questions were:…

Using chocolate treats to teach children about inequality

Anyone with experience of working or living with children will know their ability to detect injustice is highly developed – “but it’s not fair” is a regular refrain. However we rarely ask them to channel this natural flair for fairness into productive and critical discussion about the nature of equality,…

Five steps to achieving impact with research

James Georgalakis, newly appointed Director of Communications and Impact at the Institute of Development Studies outlines the IDS approach to effective research uptake. Among the recommendations: Understand policy, power and knowledge contexts. Cognitive mapping is an excellent tool to master the context.

Mobile Learning Futures

DML’s S. Craig Watkins writes that technology is abundant in many schools — computers, digital video, tablets, graphics applications, and video editing and game authoring software. But school districts often seriously limit the ability of teachers and students to use the technology to truly transform learning.

Happy holidays from us!

As 2014 comes to a close, the Thicket team is off to spend the holidays with family and friends and celebrate our progress this year. A quick recap of 2014: January: Thicket launches with a feature in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. February: Team recruitment begins. March: Thicket incorporates as an LLC. April:…

New Ways to Evaluate Impact

When it comes to evaluating impact within complex systems, we are just scratching the surface of what’s possible. Thicket writes a feature in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.