In this second blog in our South Africa water experiment series, we put under the spotlight the transformative outcomes, the compass at the centre of the TIPC methodology, to examine the interaction at the ‘live’ theory-practice interface. How did the project team feel about the concept of the TOs? How did the theory play within the project? And most importantly did it stick?
To find out, we met Tanya Layne, Deputy Director for Social and Organisational Learning and Nontutuzelo Pearl Gola, Ecological Infrastructure Coordinator for one of the areas involved in the project – the Living Catchments water project.’ Both are from the central coordinating partner for the project – the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). The project is working towards provision and security of this essential resource for the whole country. This aim is encapsulated in Sustainable Development Goals – Goal 6 – and is fundamental to all others.
In gleaning their reaction, we will recap too on the cornerstone of the TIPC approach – the transformative outcomes.
“There was a lot of learning within learning! The process said a lot about ourselves, and our own learning and unlearning. For me it’s been a fascinating journey…At the end of the day, it’s not the piece of paper doing the work…”
Based on interviews, reflections and learnings on the TIP ToC with Transformative Outcomes, with Tanya Layne, Deputy Director for Social and Organisational Learning and Nontutuzelo Pearl Gola, Ecological Infrastructure Coordinator for one of the areas involved in the project – the Living Catchments water project.’
Bloomfield, G (2021) BLOG 2: The Transformative Outcomes: Does the Theory Stick? Practitioners’ View from South Africa
Reflections on TIPC use
The blog gives insights into using the TIP ToC with Transformative Outcomes and also contains a recap and snapshot in brief of the Transformative Outcomes method and theory for those in a policy environment.