Project Design & Implementation Resources Grid
By: Emily Janoch
Women leaders have proven to be a critical part of COVID-19 response—especially when they get support and opportunities to lead. They are sharing information, preventing COVID-19, and using their resources to support other members of their communities. 89% of women in savings groups in Yemen are putting some of their savings to help oth...
Theory of Change Workbook: A Step-by-Step Process for Developing or Strengthening Theories of Change
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...
By: USAID Bureau for Policy
This updated How-To Note supplements ADS 220.127.116.11. 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...
Evaluation syntheses are analytic reviews of evaluations that aggregate findings from evaluation reports and/or examine the quality of the evaluations reviewed. This Discussion Note, Making Evidence Accessible through Evaluation Synthesis, focuses on two common types of evaluation syntheses that USAID commissions: meta-evaluati...
By: Charlotta Sandin and Adriana Abreu-Combs
In essence international development work aims to effect positive change and achieve impact. To maximize the intended impact, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been exploring the co-creation method: an approach that emphasizes collaboration between USAID’s many stakeholders throughout its pro...
By: Kimberly Ratcliff
Building and supporting networks – whether for advocacy or sharing knowledge – is central to many democracy, human rights, and governance projects. However, while “network” is a term practitioners often use, it is rarely clearly or consistently defined. At minimum, this undermines result measurements, but can also hinder eff...
Adaptive management: A practical guide to mitigating uncertainty and advancing evidence-based programming
By: Alysson Akiko Oakley
Pact’s Adaptive Management Guide provides practical guidance to development practitioners globally on the mindsets, behaviors, resources, and processes that underpin an effective adaptive management system. It presents an approach to managing adaptively that is rooted in complexity analysis and program theory. It draws on Pact’s globa...
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa has streamlined Chapter 201 of our ADS, Program Cycle Operational Policy, to shift our emphasis from bureaucracy to the real work of supporting development progress. The reformed policy responds to calls from the field to streamline the Agency’s proc...
This 10-page document summarizes key "musts" (requirements) and "shoulds" (best practices) in the revision of ADS 201 that was codified on October 28, 2020.
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