Practical introduction to adaptive management

Guidance note

Published by
DT Global

There is a growing consensus around adaptive management that it is an effective - even necessary - approach when programmes are tackling complex development problems.

While there is no standard definition of adaptive management, there is general agreement that such programmes need to routinely engage with, and respond to, programme context - to constantly test what works in that context and adjust approaches, plans and activities based on continuous learning.

This guidance note draws together lessons and good practice in adaptive management from across DT Global’s diverse portfolio of donor-funded programmes. 

It aims to support DT Global staff and partners to:

  • understand DT Global’s adaptive management framework
  • assess if, and what level of, adaptive management is required for a programme
  • understand the difference between adaptive management and good programme management
  • take initial steps to apply adaptive management principles and practice