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Strategic collaboration, continuous learning, and adaptive management (CLA) connect all parts of the Program Cycle. Learning includes data from monitoring, portfolio reviews, stocktakings, research findings, evaluations, analyses, knowledge gained from experience and other sources.

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The promise and pitfalls of indices to measure complex governance outcome concepts

Dec 02,2021
By: Alysson Akiko Oakley
A recurring frustration among international development implementors and evaluators is our over-reliance on reductionist indicators to measure outcome-level changes. Such indicators often do not capture the degree of change desired in a project or the complexity inherent in that outcome. Nevertheless, they are pervasive in monitoring and ...
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How-To Note: Strategy-Level Portfolio Review

Nov 22,2021
By: USAID Bureau for Policy
This updated How-To Note supplements ADS It presents guidelines and recommended practices in planning and implementing a Mission-wide strategy-level portfolio review. These guidelines and practices can also be adapted for Washington-based Operating Unit portfolio reviews as well as project- and activity-level reviews conducted...
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What We Learned From Hosting an Inaugural Event During COVID-19: Lessons From MOMENTUM's Virtual Share Fair

Nov 16,2021
By: Francesca Alvarez
Looking to promote meaningful knowledge exchange and collaboration among a diverse set of participants in a virtual environment? Read our reflections from MOMENTUM's first-ever Share Fair during COVID-19.  The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we work. Project staff and stakeholders from across the globe can no...

Promoting Peace in Burundi through Positive Youth Development

Aug 30,2021
By: Mehreen Farooq
Afflicted by nearly two decades of civil war, Burundi, one of the countries with the youngest populations in the world, continues to face challenges in establishing long-term peace and stability within its borders.In recent months, the security situation has deteriorated, with militants conducting violent ambushes in central Burundi and i...
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Locally Led Development Spectrum and Checklist Tool

Jul 23,2021
By: Learning Lab
The Locally Led Development Spectrum and Checklist are instruments that USAID’s Locally Led Development Initiatives has developed and are testing to help USAID and our partners think about what locally led development means in practice, including throughout our Program Cycle and across different technical sectors. Both have been adapted...

NTD programming in the COVID-19 era: How are we learning and adapting?

Jul 13,2021
By: Molly Adams
Implementing neglected tropical disease (NTD) programming during the COVID-19 pandemic has not been a simple task. Around the world, NTD activities are in various phases of stopping and restarting and sometimes stopping again, as communities find new ways of working. As a global flagship project for the control and elimination of NTDs, US...
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Example Streamlined Performance Management Plan (PMP)

May 04,2021
By: USAID Bureau for Policy Planning and Learning
This PMP is an illustrative example intended to provide ideas for how Missions can utilize the revised ADS 201 requirements for PMPs, found in section A key revision to PMPs is the new requirement to identify learning priorities with plans for how to address them through monitoring, evaluation, and CLA. The hypothetical East T...
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Using the CLA Maturity Tool, Virtually

Mar 23,2021
By: Monica Matts
Nearly five years ago, the CLA and the LEARN contract developed the Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Maturity Tool to help USAID missions and offices think more deliberately about how to plan for and implement CLA approaches. In the years since, many USAID and implementing partner teams have used the tool. They have found it hel...
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Adaptive management: A practical guide to mitigating uncertainty and advancing evidence-based programming

Jan 25,2021
By: Alysson Akiko Oakley
Pact’s Adaptive Management Guide provides practical guidance to development practitioners globally on the mindsets, behaviors, resources, and processes that underpin an effective adaptive management system. It presents an approach to managing adaptively that is rooted in complexity analysis and program theory. It draws on Pact’s globa...
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