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Learning Pathway 1: Integrating Evaluation Lessons into Design

Embedded in every program and project USAID funds is a causal theory of change that describes the hypotheses through which activities will be transformed into results. How well grounded our logic models are depends greatly on USAID’s ability to learn from and apply experience when formulating causal paths along which to invest, act, monitor progress and evaluate success.

This pathway provides you with tools that can help you act on "learning from experience" opportunities built into USAID's Program Cycle. Resources at itinerary stops will help you respond to requirements for locating past evaluation and extracting, synthesizing and incorporating their lessons program level Results Frameworks and project Logical Frameworks.

Pathway Steps of Interest Learning Pathway #1
Integrating Evaluation Lessons into Design
Resources on this Pathway
Program Perspective Project Perspective
1 Learning from Experience Link to USAID Evidence-based Approach page; other resources
2 2 Locating Evaluations Guided process for locating USAID evaluations and evaluations from other sources
3   Summarizing Evaluation Evidence Example of a short summary of evaluation evidence and the strength of the evidence provided
4   CDCS Evaluation Evidence Template Template for summarizing evaluation evidence in the project designs consistent with ADS 201.3.8.5
  3 Using Evidence from Past Evaluations Illustrates use of evaluation evidence for project design
  4 Project Evaluation Evidence Template Template for summarizing evaluation evidence in the project designs consistent with ADS 201.3.8.5