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‘Adapting an innovation’ when scaling global development projects

Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 13:00 to 14:00
Jennie Lee Building L1 Blue Ash on Milton Keynes campus (hybrid event)
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The Centre for the Study of Global Development is delighted to commence their external seminar series for 2023.

Professor Freda Wolfenden will be speaking at this seminar. She is a Professor of Education and International Development at The Open University in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies.

Global discourse increasingly focuses on scaling proven innovations and their impacts to address problems of educational access and participation. Adaptation is recognised as integral to successful scaling (Cooley, Seghers, & Perlman Robinson, 2021) but there is little published research on the nature of the adaptation process in different contexts and how it is informed by concerns of equity, quality and cost. The adaptation process is often depicted as one in which international guidance supports ‘local’ actors to combine global research with local conditions. 

This seminar will draw on emerging findings from education projects in different contexts which aim for system change to illustrate how adaptation has occurred in practice and share a tentative model for adaptation to prompt discussion of adaptation in different sectors such as health, nutrition and youth employment, and contexts.

This will be a hybrid event - taking place at Jennie Lee Building L1 Blue Ash on Milton Keynes campus, as well as available to watch online.

Register to attend ‘Adapting an Innovation’ when scaling global development projects event.