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Annotated Evidence Summary

Mar 24,2020
By: Katherine Haugh and Kate Heusler
The Annotated Evidence Summary tells the story of USAID's Development Innovations (DI) program that was implemented in Cambodia by Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) from 2013-2019. The Summary outlines the ways in which DI’s use of collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) mindsets and practices contributed to its development...
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Hulu Beteina: Innovation through collaboration to deliver RMNCH messages into households

Mar 13,2020
By: Simon Heliso
John Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (JHCCP) Ethiopia was pioneering a user-facing mobile app for social and behavior change message in Ethiopia. The Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) appreciated the strength of proposed collaboration with leading social and behavior change communication expertise and reputed IT company.The will...
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Using CLA in Resource Mobilization for Afya Elimu Fund with Devolved Governance Units

Mar 13,2020
By: Ian Wanyoike
The Afya Elimu Fund ( AEF) resource mobilization case study details use of CLA approach, specifically external collaboration, and leveraging on existing County relationships and networks to pitch for the fund. This is implemented by USAID|HRH Kenya Mechanism- Kenya (September 27, 2016 to September 26, 2021). AEF is a revolving loan produc...
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Four Years Later: How Our Community has been Inspired by the CLA Maturity Tool

Mar 06,2020
By: Monica Matts & Monalisa Salib
About four years ago, we shared the Collaborating, Learning & Adapting (CLA) Framework with our USAID Learning Lab community and started using the associated CLA Maturity Tool with USAID Missions and implementing partners. For those who aren’t familiar with the tool, teams and operating units use it to self-assess their CLA practice...
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Learning Agenda Playbook shares ‘how’ of utilization-focused approach

Feb 19,2020
By: LAB/EIA and USAID LEARN
Are you thinking about, or actively involved in, planning or implementing a learning agenda effort?Do you support learning and adaptive management within your organization?Are you interested in options for intentional and systematic learning methods?Check out this new learning agenda resource from the U.S. Global Development Lab’s Offic...
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Learning (in the) Lab: A Utilization-focused Learning Agenda Playbook [External Version]

Feb 10,2020
By: U.S. Global Development Lab
Compiled in partnership between the U.S. Global Development Lab’s Office of Evaluation and Impact Assessment (Lab/EIA) and the USAID LEARN contract, Learning (in the) Lab: A Utilization-Focused Learning Playbook is designed to share with our colleagues the tools and resources we’ve used to design, develop, implement, and iterate upon ...
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USAID Armenia Assessments

Feb 10,2020
By: nhiggins
Armenia Youth Situational Analysis (2019): USAID/Armenia contracted Making Cents International to conduct a cross-sectoral youth assessment (CSYA) to gain a detailed understanding of the drivers that motivate youth and identifies the obstacles or constraints that undermine their contributions to Armenia’s political, economic, and social...
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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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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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