Integra uses the term Development Analytics to refer to our suite of tools and methodologies designed to provide credible data and evidence-based analysis. Our approach is rooted in two core principles: 1) well-structured analysis building on experience across multiple countries, and 2) targeted and actionable recommendations. We have a large network of subject matter experts, can mobilize teams at short notice, and provide targeted and actionable support.
The following is an illustrative list of tools and methodologies:
Enabling Environment Reform
Based on the Commercial Legal and Institutional Reform (CLIR) framework, Integra offers several diagnostic tools that examine the systematic limitations that limit productivity across different sectors, including agriculture, environment and gender.
Provides a framework for mapping the institutional landscape, analyzing possible systemic constraints, and highlighting areas to improve the capacity and performance of the institutions involved in the policy change process. Six distinct and interrelated components are examined: Guiding Policy Framework; Policy Development and Coordination; Inclusivity, Stakeholder Consultation and Women’s Empowerment; Evidence-Based Analysis; Policy Implementation; and Mutual Accountability.
Political Economy Analysis (PEA)
Used to help design development projects that are cognizant of political, economic, social, cultural and gender drivers that affect a nation’s development and governance. PEAs are used to identify key actors and to understand their incentives, relationships, and their capacity for collective action. Their outcomes support cross-sectoral programming by providing more information on how particular political, cultural or governance factors cut across sectors and levels influencing multiple technical areas.
Systems Dynamics Modeling
SD is an approach to understanding the nonlinear behavior of complex systems over time using stocks, flows, internal feedback loops, table functions and time delays.
Gender analysis is a social science tool that informs project design to ensure that it explicitly addresses any disparities and includes action to reduce the inequalities that are revealed. It focuses on the gaps that exist between men and women that exist in households, communities and countries, and to identify the relevance of gender norms and power relations.
Public Private Partnerships and Enterprise Development
Integra has a long track record of developing innovative public-private partnerships and leveraging investment, with companies including Microsoft and Intel. Services we offer include:
- Coaching and scaling advisory services
- Market assessments
- Partnership development
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
Integra conducts monitoring and evaluation across each of our areas of expertise. Services provided as part of this skill set include:
Integra assesses project and program design and implementation to determine if activities are achieving intended results, and if the project design is appropriate and effective.
Collaborative Learning and Adaptation
Integra designs and implements project management plans that facilitate learning and adaptive management. This provides more continuous monitoring than does conventional approaches, to provide shorter feedback cycles, more interaction between project partners in the evaluation of the feedback, and more rapid iteration of design to respond to new information. Integra creates a data-rich environment for management, including, where appropriate, the use of information and communications technologies.
Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA)
We compare financial assumptions with alternative scenarios and consider the trade-offs between different courses of action, in order to optimize choices of project planners. It helps to determine if a technology or technical approach is feasible given a schedule and budget. The CBA supports results-based management by providing a clearer understanding of the resources used in an activity and the results achieved.
Human and Institutional Capacity Building and Training
Integra has a distinct capacity building style that utilizes multiple platforms, from global multimedia sources to grassroots training. This includes:
- Interactive stakeholder workshops, in-person training, and online training modules
- Short term surge capacity
- Online knowledge management portals
- Building sectoral and cross-sectoral communities of practice