Key learning points identified in relation to the four domains of the EVC theory of change are as follows:
- Capacity strengthening of excluded groups is an important mechanism for their inclusion in public decision-making processes and a critical element of inclusive governance programming.
- Civic mobilisation can provide a mechanism for vertical integration, where local governance work is connected to advocacy initiatives that aim to influence provincial or national level policies and plans.
- To ensure the effectiveness of spaces for dialogue it is critical to understand how sanctions and incentives work, particularly for public authorities.
- Changing norms, including those that impact public authorities’ responsiveness and accountability, is a critical aspect of promoting inclusive public decision-making processes.