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Adapting is an intentional approach to reflecting on learning, and making decisions and iterative adjustments in response to new information and changes in context.

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Lab Reflection: The Year of Managing Adaptively

Apr 09,2021
By: Learning Lab Team
Over the past year, many of us have relied on a plethora of adaptive management guidance and tools – many more than we might have reasonably anticipated – to meet the unique challenges of development programming during a global pandemic. In this blog, we’ve pulled together highlights of the remarkable insights that the Learning Lab ...
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2021 CLA Case Competition Submission Webinar

Apr 08,2021
By: Learning Lab
The 2021 CLA Case Competition Submission webinar was hosted on April 8, 2021. It was led by USAID's Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Team in the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research (PPL/LER).The webinar included a presentation and Q&A session. It covered the submission process...
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Twice the Participation in Half the Time: After Action Reviews in COVID-19

Mar 26,2021
By: Sani Dan Aoude and Emily Janoch
A woman from CARE's Honduras pilot voucher program holds a voucher for a supermarket.After Action Reviews (AARs) have lots of benefits. They give teams a chance to learn from each other about what worked and what didn’t. They can provide immediate feedback on what needs to change. Done right, they give a chance for lots of stakeholders...
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Using the CLA Maturity Tool, Virtually

Mar 23,2021
By: Monica Matts
Nearly five years ago, the CLA and the LEARN contract developed the Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Maturity Tool to help USAID missions and offices think more deliberately about how to plan for and implement CLA approaches. In the years since, many USAID and implementing partner teams have used the tool. They have found it hel...
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We Can Do Better: Comments at KM4Dev Knowledge Cafe #10 on "Uncomfortable Truths in Development"

Mar 11,2021
By: Stacey Young
Here are my remarks from the November 19, 2020 KM4Dev Knowledge Cafe #10 on “Uncomfortable Truths in Development,” with thanks to co-panelists Sarah Cummings, Ann Hendrix-Jenkins and Kishor Pradhan, moderated by Gladys Kemboi.I want to say a bit about what we can do differently, and better, specifically as knowledge workers, to addres...
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Adaptive management: A practical guide to mitigating uncertainty and advancing evidence-based programming

Jan 25,2021
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...
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Remote, Innovative, and Meaningful: Facilitating Stakeholder Engagement During COVID-19

Jan 25,2021
By: Kamweti Mutu and Katherine Connolly
Read the full, original blog post here.Bringing together diverse stakeholders is never simple, and doing so during a global public health crisis presents additional challenges. However, the USAID-funded Economics of Natural Capital in East Africa project (Natural Capital) has been identifying creative and adaptive approaches to solve such...
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Rhetoric or Redundant? Making the Most of Adaptive Management

Jan 25,2021
By: Alysson Akiko Oakley
Making the Most of Adaptive Management in International Development“Adaptive management” has become one of those pieces of jargon dropped into international development program plans and proposals as an all-encompassing, sometimes throw-away term with little practical meaning. Yet we continue to use it. Why? Because while it often con...
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Making Adaptive Rigour Work: Principles and Practices for Strengthening Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for Adaptive Management

Jan 20,2021
By: Ben Ramalingam
This paper, produced under the Global Learning on Adaptive Management (GLAM) initiative, sets out three key elements of an adaptive rigour approach:1) strengthening the quality of monitoring, evaluation and learning data and systems;2) ensuring appropriate investment in monitoring, evaluation and learning across the programme cycle;3) and...
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