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Strategic collaboration, continuous learning, and adaptive management (CLA) connect all parts of the Program Cycle. Learning includes data from monitoring, portfolio reviews, stocktakings, research findings, evaluations, analyses, knowledge gained from experience and other sources.

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Devastating vs Democratizing Data: How a global indicator can engage communities and be locally led

Feb 21,2022
By: Alysson Akiko Oakley
We are moving ever further into the realm of possibility afforded by advanced data analytics and experimental methodologies, such that answers to questions posed by wicked problems* are tantalizingly close. This is revolutionizing the development sector and helping us to realize our ethical obligation to use tools and strategies that are ...
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Theory of Change Workbook: A Step-by-Step Process for Developing or Strengthening Theories of Change

Feb 15,2022
By: Monalisa Salib
While over time theories of change have become synonymous with simple if/then statements, a strong theory of change should actually be a much more detailed, context-specific articulation of how we *theorize* change will happen under a program. Theories of change should articulate:Outcomes: What is the change we are trying to achieve?Entry...
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Case Study: The Market Systems Diagnostic

Feb 07,2022
By: Jini Kades
To improve how markets function, particularly for the poor and most vulnerable, we need to understand the underlying determinants that indicate whether a market system is becoming more inclusive, competitive and resilient.To respond to this need, ACDI/VOCA developed a Market Systems Diagnostic methodology for assessing the overall health ...
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Institutional Capacity Development through an Integrated Needs-Based Practical Approach

Jan 31,2022
By: Mariam Taha
This resource shares how World Learning and the QITABI 2 project created a blended approach to provide partners with a roadmap to ultimate system strengthening using USAID's organizational capacity assessment (OCA) tool, human and institutional capacity development (HICD) framework, and a Feasibility Index. The OCA allowed for q...
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Measuring and Monitoring Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Collaboration: Guidance and Considerations

Jan 26,2022
By: aconrad
Collaboration is integral to improving nutrition outcomes. USAID Advancing Nutrition developed guidance for USAID missions and implementing partners on how to monitor and assess collaboration as part of multi-sectoral nutrition projects. This guidance enables Missions and partners to document and evaluate their collaboration at both the a...

The promise and pitfalls of indices to measure complex governance outcome concepts

Dec 02,2021
By: Alysson Akiko Oakley
A recurring frustration among international development implementors and evaluators is our over-reliance on reductionist indicators to measure outcome-level changes. Such indicators often do not capture the degree of change desired in a project or the complexity inherent in that outcome. Nevertheless, they are pervasive in monitoring and ...
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How-To Note: Strategy-Level Portfolio Review

Nov 22,2021
By: USAID Bureau for Policy
This updated How-To Note supplements ADS It presents guidelines and recommended practices in planning and implementing a Mission-wide strategy-level portfolio review. These guidelines and practices can also be adapted for Washington-based Operating Unit portfolio reviews as well as project- and activity-level reviews conducted...
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What We Learned From Hosting an Inaugural Event During COVID-19: Lessons From MOMENTUM's Virtual Share Fair

Nov 16,2021
By: Francesca Alvarez
Looking to promote meaningful knowledge exchange and collaboration among a diverse set of participants in a virtual environment? Read our reflections from MOMENTUM's first-ever Share Fair during COVID-19.  The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we work. Project staff and stakeholders from across the globe can no...

Promoting Peace in Burundi through Positive Youth Development

Aug 30,2021
By: Mehreen Farooq
Afflicted by nearly two decades of civil war, Burundi, one of the countries with the youngest populations in the world, continues to face challenges in establishing long-term peace and stability within its borders.In recent months, the security situation has deteriorated, with militants conducting violent ambushes in central Burundi and i...
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