EACDS and DAI’s Know How Lab
The Expert Advisory Call-Down Service (EACDS) on Strengthening Resilience and Response to Crises is managed by DAI’s Know-How Lab.
Complementing DAI’s in-house technical expertise and management strengths for large projects, the Know How Lab team specialises in bespoke support for clients with innovative requirements and those needing rapid or flexible support. With a focus on adding value, cost effectiveness and learning from ‘what works’, and using Human Centred Design principles, the Know How Lab provides solutions for
- Scoping and targeting
- Prototyping and piloting
- Scaling up
- Feasibility assessment
- Evidence building and business cases
- Building partnerships for delivery and sustainability
- Iterative learning and design
The Know How Lab draws on DAI’s proven capacity for establishing effective and flexible networks to mobilise niche expertise quickly, and facilitate interdisciplinary cooperation between multiple partners.
Through EACDS we offer rapid response support across the wide range of challenges associated with building resilience though development programmes.
This includes: risk informed design and delivery across all development spend; risk financing; understanding changing systems; and strategic integration of humanitarian action and development.
Selected through competitive tender by UK DFID, our dedicated Secretariat team can work with you to define bespoke support, source and contract expertise quickly and deliver high quality assignments, drawing on our broad consortium of expert technical partners. The image below highlights our consortium partners:
Who can use the service?
The service is available to UK Government departments and also other clients working in international development and humanitarian action.
DAI can support design & scoping work; studies and analysis, project reviews and monitoring; capacity building; evidence reviews; bespoke support facilities and other types of requests, no matter how unusual!
We offer a clear and simple process and build strong, practical partnerships for rapid and responsive delivery through:
- Support in thinking through new ideas and Terms of Reference (ToR)
- A thorough and flexible procurement service, getting you the right expertise at the right price
- Integrated contractual, project and financial management
- Consistent end-to-end quality assurance
- A pro-active approach to knowledge sharing and effective communication of results
Support in developing scope of work and sourcing expertise is free – clients only pay for delivery of projects.
Even if all you have is an idea, DAI can guide and advise in turning this into a fully functioning and supported project.