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Adapting is an intentional approach to reflecting on learning, and making decisions and iterative adjustments in response to new information and changes in context.

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The Winners of the 2019 Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Case Competition are…

Sep 30,2019
By: Jen Romba
USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning and the LEARN contract are happy to sponsor the fifth-annual Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Case Competition. The entry period was held March 4th - April 12, 2019 and this year, we received 97 case studies. Thank you, submitters!The objectives of the CLA Case Competition are t...
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A Sense of Design: Creating Multi-Sensory Experiences with Data

Sep 10,2019
By: Katherine Haugh
Imagine you are watching a play, except, instead of sitting in a normal theater seat, you find yourself as part of the scenery. There are actors behind you, above you, next to you. You are surrounded by bright lights, rough textures, and woodsy aromas. You are not simply watching a performance; you are a part of it.This is the ethos behin...
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CLA Through Theater: Engaging Ukraine’s Civil Society Through a Dramaturgical Sociological Approach

Sep 04,2019
By: Christopher Russell and Lauren Serpe
This blog was written by Christopher Russell (Strategy Policy Analyst, Pact Ukraine) and Lauren Serpe (Deputy Technical Director, Global Results and Measurement, Pact).Collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) events commonly assemble partners, teammates, and donors at the midpoint of a project to reflect on lessons learned, to analyze ...
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Employing Futures: CLA to Strengthen Youth Workforce Development in Honduras

Aug 14,2019
By: Olvan Lopez
In Honduras, youth employment reaches almost 30 percent, more than double the global rate. It is exacerbated by the lack of citizen security and effective gang deterrence strategies in the country, where youth are often stigmatized for the neighborhoods in which they live and rebuffed by potential employers for their communities' geograph...
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The Luke Commission uses CLA to Manage Rapid Growth in Eswatini

Aug 14,2019
By: Echo VanderWal
The Luke Commission (TLC) is a local NGO in the Kingdom of Eswatini that provides comprehensive medical care to under-served populations through mobile hospital outreaches and at a centrally-located fixed facility.  Faced with substantial staff growth, TLC used a CLA approach to ensure that its unique organizational culture of compas...
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Strengthening Colombia’s Social Service Workforce through Collaboration and Learning

Aug 14,2019
By: J. Barco
The Colombian Family Welfare Institute (Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar, ICBF) provides violence prevention and protection services for children, adolescents, and families across Colombia, reaching more than eight million Colombians. But ICBF also faces severe challenges to ensuring the rights and welfare of the people it serve...
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Creating an Organizational Culture of Learning in Development

Aug 13,2019
By: Eva Matsiko
Eva Matsiko is the Chief of Party of the USAID Uganda Governance, Accountability, Participation and Performance Program, which is implemented by RTI International.My colleagues and I at RTI International are constantly asking ourselves the same question that development practitioners across the sector are asking: how can we create a cultu...
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How Three Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Approaches Help USAID Support Countries on their Journey to Self-Reliance

Aug 12,2019
By: Kristin Lindell
At USAID’s recent Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) event, Moving the Needle (MTN) 2019, we not only chanted refrains about CLA to the beat of DC go-go, we also learned, in one session, about three CLA approaches that help USAID make informed, strategic decisions to support countries on their Journey to Self-Reliance:Stacey Yo...
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Cultivating Enduring Change: How Search is Playing and Learning From the Ground-Up

Aug 07,2019
By: Anaïs Caput and Maria Selde
Today’s peacebuilders work in complex and dynamic societies: the ability to pause for reflection and adapt is critical. What we have learned is that developing a gamified and experiential tool that facilitates exploration through unpacking the ecosystem we are working within has demonstrated the power of openness, reflective inquiry, an...
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