31 Mar Collective Problem Inquiry
For more than two decades, Dr. Reddy’s Foundation has been working relentlessly to find sustainable solutions to problems related to education, employment and livelihoods. With some invaluable partnerships – both technical and financial – we have supported about four lakh young people over this period, thereby underlining to us the power of collaboration.
We also realized that if we are to meaningfully transform and meet the adaptive challenges, we need to first understand the complexity of the issue through collaborative inquiry.
COLLECTIVE PROBLEM INQUIRY
Collective Problem Inquiry underlines our approach and how we propose to integrate it in our work. At the heart of the CPI approach, is the need to analyze and define the problem sharply.
Our aim is to collaborate to get a better grasp of the issue and promote the sharing of leanings and experiences with one another. We are excited to collaborate on understanding the problem, even as each group or individual explores various possible solutions. The emphasis is on developing a shared understanding of the problem along with agreed success metrics, to help us create a deeper collaboration around resource pooling, operational synergy and policy advocacy. We are excited to collaborate on understanding the problem, even as each group or individual explores various possible solutions. The emphasis is on developing a shared understanding of the problem along with agreed success metrics, to help us create a deeper collaboration around resource pooling, operational synergy and policy advocacy
THE MINDSET FOR COLLECTIVE PROBLEM INQUIRY
STEP 1: DEFINE THE PROBLEM SHARPLY
The challenge that we need to overcome is the well recorded fact of action bias towards solutions rather than collectively developing a deeper understanding of the problem. We tend to create perceptions of the problem based on memory or experience which makes it difficult for us to later redefine it.
STEP 2: CREATE ALIGNMENT WITH STAKEHOLDERS ON SHARP PROBLEM DEFINITION
It is critical to finding impactful solutions. Without rigour and alignment at the problem definition stage, we are likely to miss opportunities, use resources sub optimally, and pursue initiatives that are not aligned with strategies
STEP 3: AGREE ON WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE BEFORE DIVING INTO FIND THE SOLUTION
Most of the time the efforts are not impactful, partly because we have not defined what success looks like or having defined success we are not aligned.
STEP 4: ESTABLISH MECHANISMS FOR CONTINUOUS SHARING AND LEARNING
It will enable us to continuously learn and refine the solutions. The exchange of divergent approaches and ideas also help build trust, collective memory and wisdom.DOWNLOAD