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Learning from Experience

Using evidence about what works and what doesn't is a central tenant of "USAID Forward" and ADS 201. This ambitious reform effort is changing the way USAID does business. It is reinvigorating USAID's policy capacity to serve as an intellectual nerve center, promulgating cutting-edge creative and evidence-based development policies and strategies and is reintroducing a culture of research, knowledge-sharing and evaluation.

USAID's guidance requires a CDCS be grounded in evidence and analysis, and encourages Missions to draw evidence from third party assessments and/or evaluations, including those prepared by government sources, civil society, the private sector and other donors, to complement the Mission's own assessments. USAID's CDSCS guidance stresses that the Mission must reference the assessments and evaluations used to reach significant conclusions in its CDCS.

For a busy Mission staff, obtaining evaluations and extracting evidence from them can be a challenge. Two pages in this kit section will help you with these tasks:

Missions that are contemplating a trade dimension in their CDCS strategy, particularly a trade facilitation focus, will also need access to up-to-date information and evidence on this rapidly evolving field. Useful links to a wide range of organization webpages that are tracking aid for trade and trade facilitation research and initiatives are shown on the right.

Image: Aid for Trade

Aid for Trade at a Glance, a joint publication of the WTO and the OECD, provides a useful annual update on trends each year, and its release is often accompanied by speeches and papers that are available through the OECD website