Learning about what does and does not work and assessing impact of open contracting are central to our theory of change. But learning remains a buzzword unless it is backed up with clear guidance, practices, or commitments.

Our learning model

What we have learned so far:

  • We need to measure and understand activity and impacts beyond our own walls. We aim to build the open contracting field, not be the field.
  • The case for open contracting is not yet evident to everyone and the practice continues to evolve. We need to capture the substance, the benefit and the practice of open contracting.
  • Open contracting is implemented in different countries and in a range of different contexts. Our analysis must balance comparability with unique contexts.
  • As open contracting interfaces with complex accountability systems, we work with many stakeholders to understand the data we collect. As in the rest of our work, in our learning we will be driven by user needs.
  • Our strategy, theory of change and targets are living documents, which we will continuously test and adapt based on our work. We will capture our learning and insights regularly blogs, reports and other reflections. 

Our Quarterly Rapid Reflections

November 2019

September 2019

July 2019

May 2019

November 2018

August 2018

May 2018

February 2018

January 2018

September 2017

July 2017

March 2017

December 2016

November 2016

May 2016


Rapid reflections are internal sessions where we check in on progress against our targets. Individual details may not be complete or finalized.