“The object of looking abroad is not to copy but to learn under what circumstances and to what extent programmes effective elsewhere may work here.”
Source: Richard Rose (2004) Learning from comparative public policy
Drawing lessons from others begins from problem diagnosis. Who faces similar challenges as we do?
The next step is to understand the solution. For those facing the same challenges, how did others react, and what can we learn?
Finally, we need to consider the applicability of what others did to our own situation. That is, others faced a similar challenge to us, and solved it in a particular method. Would that method achieve the same impact if we pursued it?