Innovations series

This three-part Innovation Series offers useful publications that will help academics and community builders explore new ways of thinking, practicing and teaching. It showcases recent publications by Coady staff, associates and partners.

Innovative Thinking

These papers describe research that explores development trends and citizen strategies for bringing about successful change.

Pathways toward political and economic agency: A synthesis of findings from five scoping studies

Can participation ‘fix’ inequality? Unpacking the relationship between the economic and political citizenship

Innovative Practice

These papers include tested tools and approaches to support community development practitioners in their work.

Producer-led value chain analysis: The missing link in value chain development – a tool for effective engagement of small producers. Published in March 2015.

This publication by Yogesh Ghore introduces value chains, which are increasingly being used to design and implement development programs for reducing poverty. It helps you analyze the key activities, relationships, and mechanisms that allow producers, processors, buyers, sellers, and consumers to gradually add value to products and services as they pass from one link of the chain to another.

Facilitator’s guide to Producer-led value chain analysis: The missing link in value chain development. Published in March 2015.

This guide shows field level facilitators and producers how to do their own value chain analysis. It is meant to complement, not replace, other methods of studying value chains. This process allows producers to generate information that will help them design their own action plans to improve their position in a value chain.

Participatory, accountable, and inclusive governance in practice: A collection of Participedia case studies by Coady graduates.

This compilation, edited by Julien Landry, highlights 12 case studies of democratic innovation and participatory governance processes documented by Coady graduates. Published October, 2018.

Innovative Teaching

This page includes publications about innovative approaches to education and learning that have been tested for classroom or workshop use.

From study clubs to co-operative inquiries: Social learning at Coady International Institute. Published in November 2015.

This publication by Olga Gladkikh reflects on the rich experience gathered over the past decade of using a co-operative inquiry methodology at Coady Institute. It describes the evolution of the adult learning process and identifies some of the key learnings drawn from participants and Coady staff. It is designed primarily for adult educators, especially those working in university contexts.