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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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If you are involved in hiring, this tool can help you increase your chances of selecting staff members skilled in adaptive management.
Taking the time to pause and reflect is essential to CLA.
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How To Foster Local Ownership for Improved Development Results: Collaborate, Learn, Adapt

Jan 24,2020
By: Kristin Lindell
Imagine you’re tasked with designing a program that improves public service delivery to local communities in Uganda. You know that you need to engage local stakeholders for this program to be effective—without government buy-in and engagement, for example, service delivery changes will not be sustained. How would you go about doing it...
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What is the Work?

Jan 21,2020
By: David Jacobstein
In promoting international development, what is the actual work we do?  How is that work understood?  Do our words truly reflect the work we want to see? Could a shift in this language help us to achieve meaningful changes in our work?   Recently, at the Global Partnership for Social Accountability...
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Reflecting on Five Years of the CLA Case Competition

Jan 09,2020
By: Monica Matts
This fall, USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning and the LEARN contract announced the winners of our annual CLA case competition. This was the fifth year of collecting and judging case stories, and, over the years, we have learned a lot about Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) in practice. We have also learned about r...
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Opinion: 3 Ways You Can Get the Candidates You Really Need

Jan 05,2020
By: Monalisa Salib
This opinion piece was originally published on Devex.com on January 2, 2020. It was cross-posted with permission. With a greater focus on interdisciplinary programming and constantly shifting contexts in international development, we need to hire staff who can make the most of complex situations to achieve meaningful results. Put ano...
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What is the Research-Implementation Gap and Why is it Relevant to USAID Programming?

Dec 31,2019
By: Natalie Dubois
 Natalie Dubois, Andres Gomez, and Sara Carlson currently support Measuring Impact II, which offers assistance for best practices in adaptive management and the use of evidence and learning across USAID’s biodiversity portfolio.  The research-implementation gap, also referred to as the knowing-doing gap and the knowledge-...
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Tips on Collective Sensemaking

Dec 20,2019
By: David Jacobstein
These tips are part of a series of tips and resources to support context-driven adaptation in programming. For other resources, see the Context-Driven Adaptation Collection at https://usaidlearninglab.org/context-driven-adaptation-overview (internal staff version at https://programnet.usaid.gov/collection/context-driven-adaptation) or the...
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Working Outside of the Box: Adapting a Health Program to Become Market-Aware

Dec 18,2019
By: Ashleigh Mullinax and Ann Wahinya
Global Communities' Kenya DREAMS project was an unlikely candidate to attend the 2018 SEEP-supported workshop on Minimum Standards for Economic Recovery (MERS). Firstly, DREAMS is typically categorized as a "health" project since its ultimate project goal is to reduce the prevalence of HIV infections in adolescent girls in Kenya. Secondly...
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Where’s the Meat - Ask Women, Youth, and Your Staff for the Answer

Dec 18,2019
By: Muhammad Nuruzzaman and Nurul Amin Siddiquee
The USAID/Bangladesh “Feed the Future Livestock Production for Improved Nutrition (LPIN) Activity” utilized Collaborating – Learning – and Adapting (CLA) from start to finish. The activity began by drafting a CLA Plan, and used CLA to make decisions, collaborate with communities and activity staff to identify problems and develop ...
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Water for Life: Using CLA to Transform a WASH System into a Self-Reliant Apparatus

Dec 17,2019
By: M. Jackson-deGraffenried
In the remote, highland areas of Bandarban District in southeastern Bangladesh, home to a dozen distinct ethnic groups, the USAID-funded Development Food Security Activity, Sustainable Agriculture and Production Linked to Improved Nutrition Status, Resilience and Gender Equity (SAPLING), has been working with the Government of Bangladesh ...
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