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Project Design & Implementation

A "project" refers to a set of complementary implementing mechanisms or "activities," over an established timeline and budget, intended to achieve a discrete development result, that is often aligned with an intermediate result in a country development cooperation strategy (CDCS). Project design is the process by which USAID defines how it will operationalize a result or set of results in a CDCS or other strategic framework to ensure efforts are aligned. Project implementation refers to an ongoing process in which USAID staff work collaboratively to ensure that activities taken together are achieving the intended project outcomes.

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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 201.3.2.18. 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...
Adapting
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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...
Program Cycle
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More Collaboration, Bigger Impact: Digital Co-creation for Women's Empowerment in Egypt

Aug 30,2021
By: Charlotta Sandin and Adriana Abreu-Combs
In essence international development work aims to effect positive change and achieve impact.  To maximize the intended impact, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been exploring  the co-creation method: an approach that emphasizes collaboration between USAID’s many stakeholders throughout its pro...
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What Kind of Network?

Mar 31,2021
By: Kimberly Ratcliff
Building and supporting networks – whether for advocacy or sharing knowledge – is central to many democracy, human rights, and governance projects. However, while “network” is a term practitioners often use, it is rarely clearly or consistently defined.  At minimum, this undermines result measurements, but can also hinder eff...
Learning
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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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Streamlining of Automated Directives System (ADS) Chapter 201

Dec 02,2020
By: USAID/PPL
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa has streamlined Chapter 201 of our ADS, Program Cycle Operational Policy, to shift our emphasis from bureaucracy to the real work of supporting development progress.  The reformed policy responds to calls from the field to streamline the Agency’s proc...
Program Cycle
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ADS 201, Program Cycle Operational Policy, Key Requirements

Dec 02,2020
By: USAID/PPL
This 10-page document summarizes key "musts" (requirements) and "shoulds" (best practices) in the revision of ADS 201 that was codified on October 28, 2020.
Program Cycle
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DRAFT: USAID Evidence Framework

Nov 24,2020
By: Elizabeth Roen
USAID's Program Cycle Policy, USAID’s policy on Development Data, USAID’s Scientific Research Policy and other guidance define evidence for USAID and clarify standards for research, evaluation, and data management and use. This evidence framework brings information from those sources to articulate USAID’s approach to building and us...
Program Cycle
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The Program Cycle Learning Study

Apr 28,2020
By: Laura Ahearn
The Program Cycle Learning Study (PCLS) used a qualitative case study approach to provide a systematic and holistic understanding of how four Missions understand and implement the Program Cycle. The study offers examples of how Missions implement the Program Cycle on a day-to-day basis and provides evidence and insight into the effects of...
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