Addressing complex societal problems requires taking an adaptive approach. Developing comprehensive strategies for how to get to a goal works in some contexts, but these types of plans are often insufficient in the face of a rapidly changing environment. Instead of focusing on strategies, the focus in adaptive planning is on understanding the desired results and then understanding the context and assumptions about how to get to that change. Put another way, you plan for adaptation by focusing on the results.
This toolkit is designed to walk through an adaptive planning process, from defining your results to exploring environmental context and then engaging in strategy and action planning. It includes practical and accessible examples, tools, tips and resources, building on Spark’s 15 years of experience in the field as well as that of our partners.