Program Cycle Guidance resources are published by the USAID Bureau of Policy, Planning, and Learning and provide practical advice to USAID staff and partners related to the Program Cycle. If you have experiences of your own that you’d like to share, please use the comment box on the relevant Learning Lab library page to post your thoughts (Learning Lab members only). USAID staff can also join in the discussion about this guidance on Program Net.
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Evaluative case studies can be used as a valuable method or complement to other methods for evaluating USAID development projects and activities. This Technical Note provides practical information to assist evaluation managers and development practitioners with managing evaluations employing case... read more
January 10, 2014
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This note defines impact evaluations, explains when they should be commissioned according to USAID policy and describes different designs for quasi-experimental and experimental impact evaluations. The USAID Automated Directives System (ADS) 201 defines impact evaluations as those that measure the... read more
January 10, 2014
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Focus group interviews (FGIs, also often called focus group discussions) are a key tool for collecting data to support many USAID activities. This data collection technique is widely used in international development planning, monitoring and evaluation. They are quick, versatile and typically... read more
January 10, 2014
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This Technical Note provides guidance on using mixed-methods for evaluations.  A mixed-method evaluation systematically integrates two or more evaluation methods, usually drawing on both quantitative and qualitative data.  The Technical Note provides guidance to USAID staff and partners on how... read more
August 28, 2013
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This document establishes clear expectations for evaluation reports during the preparation of evaluation statements of work and the in-briefing of the evaluation team. These practices also serve as a guide for reviewing the quality of draft evaluation reports submitted by the evaluation team.This... read more
May 8, 2013
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This How-To Note addresses key issues for USAID staff who are developing a Statement of Work for an externally contracted evaluation. Following these practices will help to establish clear expectations and requirements for the evaluation team and clearly communicate what evaluation questions will... read more
May 8, 2013