May 1 - June 15
2017 Submission Period
The Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Case Competition captures real-life case studies of USAID staff and implementing partners using a CLA approach for organizational learning and better development outcomes. This is not a call for success stories only; CLA was developed to encourage transparency, an important pre-condition for learning. Case study submissions contribute to USAID’s evidence base of what works and what doesn’t in adaptive management.
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As we seek to more effectively tackle complex development issues—such as economic growth, food security, climate change, and health—we are challenged to consider more effective ways to collaborate, learn, and adapt. USAID and its implementing partners have developed a wide range of methods to enhance their programs and operations by strengthening CLA practices. CLA works best when customized to its context, but it often helps to have examples of what is working so far.
In order to surface and celebrate these CLA examples and encourage more systematic and intentional planning and resourcing of CLA, the Office of Learning, Evaluation, and Research in USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning launches an annual CLA Case Competition for USAID staff and implementing partners. We seek to clearly demonstrate the value of the diverse USAID and implementing partner activities and initiatives worldwide that embody collaborating, learning, and adapting.
This case competition aims to:
- Discover, document, and share CLA practices, both nascent and established
- Facilitate a collaborative learning process around the impact of CLA in improving development practices
- Identify practical tools and advance promising practices for collaborating, learning, and/or adapting
- Strengthen a CLA community of practice and broader practitioner networking to fuel continued exchange and joint action
- Practitioners from around the world will be invited to submit short entries that describe their experience with an approach relevant to CLA that has impacted their work and ultimately contributes to stronger development results.
Case stories collected will be featured on USAID Learning Lab and ProgramNet, offering practices and tools that could be taken up and adapted by others. Discoveries from the review of case stories will feed the peer-learning process online and in person at an annual CLA event. The CLA Case Competition is intended to initiate a dialogue and process of shared learning.
The 2016 CLA Case Competition submission period lasted from June 1—July 15 and resulted in 63 qualifying entries from 11 USAID missions and operating units and 37 implementing partners in 26 countries. A team of judges from the USAID LEARN contract read all 63 entries and selected finalists to be reviewed by a panel of judges in the USAID Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning. After much deliberation, five top cases were identified. Winners were announced in September and awards were distributed to winners at a CLA event in November 2016.
The 2016 CLA Case Competition Winner and Finalist Cases are:
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Judging & Prizes
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The CLA Case Competition is managed by USAID LEARN, a Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) mechanism implemented by Dexis Consulting Group and its partner, Engility Corporation.