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Video: Adaptive programming and COVID-19

The last year has demanded flexible, agile programming to respond to the ever-changing challenges created by COVID-19. In the second of our videos on adaptive programming, Chris Perry explains how it can be used to meet these demands.


As we understand more about the impact of COVID-19 across development programmes, more people are looking toward adaptive programming approaches to allow implementation to continue within such a changeable global environment. It is important we are able to identify and address new and developing priority areas created by the pandemic for successful interventions.

Traditional real-time evaluation largely follows the core principles of adaptive programming, allowing evaluators to work alongside partners to generate learning and evidence that feeds into decision making. However, there are potential limitations to the capability, rigour and comprehensiveness of this method compared to adaptive programming.

In this video, Principle consultant Chris Perry, discusses the differences between the two approaches, and which is best for use within the context of COVID-19.

Over the last decade, Itad has led new thinking and innovative practice on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for adaptive programming. Discover more about our work on adaptivity and COVID-19: