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Evaluation is the systematic collection and analysis of information about the characteristics and outcomes of strategies, projects, and activities conducted as a basis for judgments to improve effectiveness, and timed to inform decisions about current and future programming. Evaluation is distinct from assessment or an informal review of projects or activities. Evaluations at USAID include impact evaluations and performance evaluations.

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ADS 201, Program Cycle Operational Policy, Key Requirements

12-02-2020 | By USAID/PPL
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How-To Note: Prepare and Maintain a Performance Management Plan (PMP)

12-03-2020 | By USAID Learning Lab
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Participatory Evaluation Guidance Note

Jan 14,2022
By: vcredle
Locally led development involves local stakeholders taking the lead in all aspects of the development process, including determining visions of success, measuring progress, learning and adapting, and evaluating results. Participatory evaluation offers a framework for engaging local stakeholders in each stage of the evaluation process, fro...
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Evaluation Report Template

Nov 22,2021
By: Molly Goodwin-Kucinsky
This template is an optional tool to help improve consistency across evaluation reports.
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Post-Evaluation Action Plans

Nov 19,2021
By: tonyagiannoni
This guidance describes the responsibilities and steps to prepare post-evaluation action plans that respond to evaluation report findings and conclusions, and recommendations (as required). The guidance is primarily for use by USAID staff.  
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Discussion Note: Making Evidence Accessible through Evaluation Synthesis

Oct 31,2021
By: tonyagiannoni
 Evaluation syntheses are analytic reviews of evaluations that aggregate findings from evaluation reports and/or examine the quality of the evaluations reviewed. This Discussion Note, Making Evidence Accessible through Evaluation Synthesis, focuses on two common types of evaluation syntheses that USAID commissions: meta-evaluati...
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PSE MEL: Standard Agency PSE Indicators and Harmonizing Indicator Tool

Sep 23,2021
By: Learning Lab
Under its Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Policy, USAID is working hand-in-hand with the private sector to design and deliver development and humanitarian programs across all sectors, and to harness resources to open markets and other opportunities for U.S. businesses. The USAID PSE Evidence and Learning Plan, launched in 2019, champions ...
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A New Study Highlights 10 Years of Developmental Evaluation at USAID

Aug 05,2021
By: Chris Thompson
The spread of new monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) approaches reflects the uptake process for research findings in general: it takes time, intention, and effort for knowledge to be disseminated, adopted, and used.A new study by USAID/Indonesia’s Developmental Evaluation (DE) for USAID Jalin highlights the Agency’s own d...
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Ten Years of USAID Developmental Evaluation

Aug 05,2021
By: Learning Lab
The use of development evaluation (DE) has grown substantially over the last decade because of its emphasis on learning and informing adaptation and decision-making. In October 2019, USAID included DE as a form of performance evaluation in its Operational Policy for the Program Cycle (ADS 201).To complement this new branch of evaluation s...
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How-To Note: Preparing Evaluation Reports

Jul 30,2021
By: charlie.weems
This document establishes clear expectations for evaluation reports during the preparation of evaluation statements of work and the in-briefing of the evaluation team. These practices also serve as a guide for reviewing the quality of draft evaluation reports submitted by the evaluation team.This content has been updated to align with the...
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Additional Help: Data Quality Assessment Checklist (DQA)

May 06,2021
By: USAID LEARN
This document provides users with access to a data quality assessment checklist which can be used by Operating Units when creating data quality assessments. The checklist is intended to assist in assessing each of the five aspects of data quality and provide a convenient manner in which to document the Operating Unit's data quality assess...
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