Our Approach

Our primary goal is to create and maintain a focus on utilization. We plan, tailor and conduct projects in a collaborative approach to ensure results will be relevant and useful to inform decisions and improve child and community well-being. Our approach is built on trusted relationships, processes and evidence to result in comprehensive understanding, collaborative action, knowledge advancement, and ultimately meaningful impact and change.

Our approach at PolicyWise is intrinsically linked to our commitment to assuring quality and embracing complexity. Projects are complex, dynamic, and contextual. Situational adaptation allows for, and embraces such complexities, dynamics and context. It means that there isn’t one approach. Decision-making and processes adapt to circumstances, it is process-oriented and acknowledges that one size does not fit all. This adaptation is rooted in a commitment to quality. Quality is traditionally defined with concepts such as pursuing excellence, purpose-driven, improvement-focused, competence, responsiveness, responsibility, and accountability. Defined structures and processes are an important facilitator of assuring quality; however, how these are applied is critically important.

  • How does PolicyWise manage projects for quality in complexity?
  • Projects at PolicyWise are conducted through participatory and collaborative efforts.
  • Projects at PolicyWise are developmental in nature: iterative, evolving, flexible application of and use of structures and processes are important.
  • Projects are clearly focused on policy and program development.
  • Quality structures, processes, and tools are not used as a checklist. How they are employed to create quality work is central. While PolicyWise staff are expected to apply quality structures, processes, and tools, the method of application may differ depending on the needs of specific projects.
  • Quality will continue to improve as we (PolicyWise) and others (partners and stakeholders) reflect on and refine our methods: ongoing reflection is encouraged so that constructive learning about quality and quality improvement is achieved.

This approach aligns with our values, supports our mission, and enables us to achieve outcomes associated with our Theory of Change.