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Landscape Analysis of Learning Agendas: USAID/Washington and Beyond

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Listen, Collaborate & Adapt: Increased Male Engagement for Resiliency in Northern Ghana

Jan 27,2020
By: Bethany Davidson
The USAID Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING) Project had notable success in its first three years of integrated agriculture, nutrition, livelihoods and sanitation programming to improve nutrition and household resiliency within the most vulnerable homes in the Northern Region. One area of project focus is women’s economic and socio-cul...
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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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CLA Fosters Local Ownership and, Ultimately, Better Results: A Review of the Evidence

Jan 22,2020
By: Kristin Lindell
As USAID reorients its mandate to support countries in planning, financing, and implementing solutions to their own development challenges, local ownership will feature even more prominently in the Agency’s partnerships. Findings from USAID’s Building the Evidence Base for Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (EB4CLA) effort highligh...
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Technical Note on Focus Group Interviews

Jan 14,2020
By: tonyagiannoni
Focus group interviews (also often called focus group discussions) are a key tool for collecting data to support many USAID activities. This data collection technique is widely used in international development planning, monitoring, and evaluation. They are quick, versatile and typically inexpensive, so they can be used with a broad range...
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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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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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Technical Note: Impact Evaluations

Dec 20,2019
By: USAID Bureau for Policy Planning and Learning
This Note defines impact evaluations, explains when they should be commissioned according to USAID policy and describes different designs for quasi-experimental and experimental impact evaluations.  USAID is updating the 2013 Technical Note on Impact Evaluations. Stay tuned for the updated content in 2020.
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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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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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