List of ParEvo exercises

Pre-app development (< mid-2019)

  1. “A student leaves school at the end of the year…” A classroom exercise with 10 secondary school students in Swansea, Wales, circa 1995, described here.
    • 10 participants (secondary school students), no dropouts
    • 4 iterations, 40 contributions
    • Anonymised data analysis
  2. The implementation of Most Significant Change impact monitoring by a development project in northern Nigeria
  3. Brexit Britain – after failing to reach an exit agreement by March 31st, 2019

Post-app development (> mid-2019)

  1. Climate change developments in the year 2020 and onwards
  2. The future of storytelling
  3. What the near future looks like for Clear Horizon (consulting firm)
    • Not completed, distracted by Christmas 2019 🙂
  4. Climate change developments over the next decade
    • 7 volunteer participants, part of a Community of Practice. 2 dropouts
    • 7 iterations, 37 contributions
    • Now accessible on a ParEvo view
    • Anonymised data analysis
  5. ODI – Intersecting crises: Coronavirus plus
  6. ODI – Scenario planning 2020 
    • 10 participants, all from one organisation. No dropouts
    • 8 iterations, 78 contributions
    • A ParEvo of the storylines is not publicly available
    • Anonymised data analysis
  7. Alternate futures for the USA 2020+
  8.  International Development Volunteer placement experiences
    • This ParEvo exercise is one part of a wider evaluation by IOD PARC
    • The exercise involved the development of alternative histories, rather than alternative futures
    • Involving 12 participants, with diverse backgrounds, self-selected from a pool of more than 1,000
    • Currently underway. Eight iterations expected
    • Exercise results (i.e. the storylines) to be evaluated by a survey of the 1000+ other volunteers
    • Plus a content analysis of the storyline texts, by a specialist evaluator
  9. Ugandan farmers groups experiences experimenting with improved seeds
    • This set of 12 face-to face ParEvo exercises was part of an evaluation by Global Insight.
    • The exercise involved the development of alternative histories (8 years), plus a more limited development of subsequent alternative futures (2 years)
    • The number of participants ranged from 6 to 10, and included some illiterate farmers as well as literate farmers. Approximately 46% of the farmers were women
    • While there was open discussion in the group, the identify of individual contributors contributions was anonymised
    • Contact naama.razyaseef@g-insight.org for further information
  10.   The world after COP26
    • 15 participants, recruited from Prolific.co (crowdsourcing research participants). Four dropouts in the last iteration.
    • 7 iterations
    • New feature: After iteration 2, an independent groups of four “Commentators” posted comments on the participants contributions
    • The exercise is accessible, in progress in a ParEvo view here
    • Process documentation and anonymised data analysis are being made available here
  11. Unpacking gender in a UN organisation
    1. Up to to 15 participants, being volunteer participants from within the organisation
    2. 7 iterations
    3. Independent commentators at two points in time during the 7 iterations, who posted comments on various contributions, prior to the next iteration
    4. Online survey of the views of participants and observers (others in the same organisation) to identify their views of the ParEvo storylines, surviving and extinct
    5. Face to face workshop with participants to discuss exercise results and their implications
  12. The future of a seed development and improvement programme, supported by an NGO
    1. Up to nine participants, male and female, from the donor and implementing NGOs
    2. 8 iterations
    3. Independent commentators after the second iteration
    4. …still underway
  13. The future risks of biotechnology – a trial exercise
    1. Up to nine participants, male and female, all with relevant but different domain knowledge
    2. Five iterations – this was a trial run only
    3. No use of Commentators or Observers
    4. Facilitator was accompanied by an in house evaluation specialist
    5. Results will not be publicly available

In addition to the exercise Facilitators own objectives for each exercise, these exercises have all been aimed at:

  1.  Testing out the app, to find where and how it could be improved.
  2. Accumulating knowledge about appropriate ways of designing an exercise, which facilitators could make use of.
  3. Identifying different ways of analysing the data that is generated
  4. Identifying ways of generating / identifying implications for action

If you would like help with the design and implementation of a ParEvo exercise, on any scale, email rick.davies@gmail.com