Our work is characterised by providing support that is both practically and politically feasible – essential ingredients for long-term change.
We deliver a diverse range of projects, from small desk-based research projects to the management of large consortia frameworks. Our long-term programmes span various countries, many years, and have complex requirements.
Good programme and project management is required for all our projects. We tailor our approach to the specific requirements of the project design, remaining responsive and adaptive to the emerging needs of our government clients, funders, and other stakeholders.
Our projects are underpinned by solid programme management that combines meticulous activity planning and controlled execution management with disciplined risk-management. Our work is always grounded in our organisational values; to act collaboratively, with integrity and respect, ensuring transparency and accountability in all that we do. This is supported by robust management systems, which we continuously improve in response to programme experience.
Large programme management
We have a proven ability in identifying, mitigating, and managing the array of challenges presented by a multi-faceted programme operating in a politically complex and rapidly evolving programme environment.
Understanding the complex, changing country contexts in which we work is central to the planning and execution of our projects. Leveraging this understanding enables us to establish strong programme governance structures with clearly delineated roles and responsibilities.
Strategic and operation management is sensitive to the interplay of stakeholder perspectives with programme objectives. We constantly anticipate change and respond proactively to make strategic and pragmatic programme decisions based on monitoring and evaluation.
Research programme management
We are uniquely capable of managing research programmes at the interface between world-class research and policy making. The ability to translate policy and reform challenges into researchable questions, and then to incorporate research findings into policy analysis and debates, is a distinctive feature of our experience and expertise.
We began life as a research team at the University of Oxford in 1979. This heritage still helps set our direction today – from our research programmes and projects to our partnerships with academic institutions. We understand the need to translate academic research into practical policy, in order to have tangible impact. Our long-standing working relationships with both policymakers and academics, and our strong emphasis on the operational relevance of the research produced, allows our work to achieve impact on growth and poverty reduction.