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The Leaders in Learning series features thought leaders in organizational learning and knowledge management in the international development sector.
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Landscape Analysis of Learning Agendas: USAID/Washington and Beyond

05-08-2017 | By Laura Ahearn
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M&E for Learning

04-03-2017 | By Jessica Z
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USAID's Self-Reliance Learning Agenda

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Adapting Monitoring Systems During COVID-19 in Bangladesh

Jun 07,2021
By: Lamia Anwar Shama and Iqbal Ahmed
By March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had reached Bangladesh, and the offices of the Feed the Future Bangladesh Livestock Productivity for Improved Nutrition Activity had closed. Staff worked remotely, and in-person trainings, surveys, and monitoring visits halted. Instead, the Activity activated other ways of continuing its standard activ...
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Using the Performance Management Plan to Help Staff Think Outside the Box and Inside the Venn Diagram

May 24,2021
By: Namitha Jacob and Elisa Riquelme
Many of us strive to learn from challenges, successes, and failures in our development programming, and use these learnings as opportunities to adapt programs for better development outcomes. USAID recognizes the importance of incorporating learning into program design and management, which is formally outlined in the recently revised ope...
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Knowledge Management in the Era of COVID-19

May 18,2021
By: Learning Lab
On May 12, 2021, the Agency Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning (KMOL) Team at USAID hosted a conversation to discuss how development organizations are using KMOL to respond and adapt to COVID-19. The invited panelists included Kerry Albright (UNICEF Innocenti), Gabriela Keseberg Dávalos (Southern Voice), and Emily Janoch (C...
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Different Ways to Address Learning Questions

May 06,2021
By: Namitha Jacob
This resource outlines a variety of approaches to conducting learning activities to help answer learning questions.Often, we rely on approaches that we have used in the past without pausing to consider whether those approaches are the best fit given our learning questions. This resource and the graphic is intended for use by USAID and imp...
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Data Quality Assessment Checklist (DQA)

May 06,2021
By: USAID LEARN
This document provides users with access to a data quality assessment checklist which can be used by Operating Units when creating data quality assessments. The checklist is intended to assist in assessing each of the five aspects of data quality and provide a convenient manner in which to document the Operating Unit's data quality assess...
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Measuring the Unmeasured: Assessing the Value of Evidence for Social Impact

Apr 28,2021
By: Karen Fowle and Brent Wells
Over the course of five years and to the tune of more than a million dollars in funding, three research teams from Kenya and Tanzania worked to catalogue the DNA sequences of endangered animals (here and here) and plants. The purpose of this endeavor was to use DNA evidence in prosecuting wildlife traffickers who have become highly skille...
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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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What Kind of Network?

Mar 31,2021
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...
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Good Practice Briefs on Organizational Learning from the Education Sector

Mar 23,2021
By: USAID EPIC
The USAID Center for Education within the Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation (DDI/EDU) advances the USAID Education Policy, which aims to achieve sustained, measurable improvements in learning outcomes and skills development. The Education Performance Improvement, Communications, and Knowledge (EPIC) contract was a five-year...
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