emerging themes

Emerging Themes

The DNH Team has recently begun holding weekly meetings to discuss the Reflective Cases and pull out some of the emerging themes appearing across the cases.

Here are a few of the most prominent themes we’ve seen so far:

  • Donor Influence: How do donors promote or inhibit use of DNH? Do staff feel comfortable offering suggestions or revisions to project designs that do not follow DNH principles?
  • Champions: How reliant are staff on local DNH “Champions” or authorities? What happens to DNH use when the organizational champion or DNH authority figure leaves?
  • Training: How much training is needed for a person to feel capable of “doing” DNH? Within an organization, who should be trained in DNH (upper level management, project implementors, field staff, etc.)?
  • Creativity of Use: How do people use DNH? Do they use it formally or informally? What are some effective, creative ways of using DNH?

Do these themes appear in your context? How so?