Social Design Talk 11 — Evidence-based programme design in international policy contexts

Speaker:  Dr Derek B Miller, The Policy Lab and UNIDIR
Respondent:  Zaid Hassan, Reos Partners
Chair:  Dr Adam Drazin

Thursday 30 May, 1830-2030 

The Darryl Forde Seminar Room
Department of Anthropology
University College London
14 Taviton Street
London    WC1H 0BT

Miller will be speaking on the topic of “evidence-based programme design” in public policy. The Policy Lab is now working in close collaboration with Lisa Rudnick at The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, with design support from Live|work in Norway and the UK, on building a new “evidence-based programme design tool” for the United Nations on the topic of reintegrating excombatants in post-conflict societies. In recognizing that “knowledge does not apply itself,” the project team’s goal is to provide UN field staff with a better means of mobilizing existing knowledge as an asset in the design of local reintegration programmes. The normative goals are to help the field teams “guard against error” while “enabling cooperative innovation.” In particular, Miller will be speaking about their work in Somalia and the challenges — and accomplishments — in bringing this new form of design practice to UN operational conduct, so that peacebuilding practice can be better informed by, and aligned with, local socio-cultural systems.

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