Adaptive Learning and Improvement

Effective change efforts embed structures and processes to engage diverse stakeholders in real-time learning to continuously improve their efforts and rapidly respond to emerging needs and opportunities (Foster-Fishman et al., 2001; Hargreaves et al., 2017). This involves creating multiple feedback loops to gather input on unfolding changes and responding to this feedback with adaptive action (Eoyang & Holladay, 2013).

Adaptive learning and improvement involve putting the following elements in place over time (Foster-Fishman et al., 2018):

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Why is this important? The health problems facing communities are complex and ever-changing. Transformative change requires an ongoing, dynamic process where understanding, doing, learning, and adapting become more important than planning (Foster-Fishman & Watson, 2012). In short, an adaptive learning and improvement orientation allows collaborative change efforts to translate their shared vision into transformative outcomes for the community (Latham, 2014).

Five people working together to put a puzzle together.