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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

05-07-2019 | By USAID LEARN
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What the CLA Case Competition Winners Tell Us about the Journey to Self-Reliance

Apr 01,2020
By: Monica Matts
In September 2019, USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning and the LEARN contract announced the winners for the 2019 CLA case competition. This was the fifth year of the competition, and we continue to be impressed by the quality of the entries and the compelling stories that they tell of CLA in action. If you haven’t read ab...
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Annotated Evidence Summary

Mar 24,2020
By: Katherine Haugh and Kate Heusler
The Annotated Evidence Summary tells the story of USAID's Development Innovations (DI) program that was implemented in Cambodia by Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) from 2013-2019. The Summary outlines the ways in which DI’s use of collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) mindsets and practices contributed to its development...
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Listen Carefully, Tread Lightly, Adapt Quickly: CARE's Approach to Adaptive Management

Mar 10,2020
By: Emily Janoch
My first job in development was as an “Institutional Memory Specialist” (a fancy title to avoid calling me “intern in charge of finding paperwork”) in Bamako, Mali. On my first day, my boss handed me two documents—the proposal and the log frame—and said, “Here’s everything you’ll need to know to get started.” Here’s ...
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The DRG Webinar Series: Session Two

Mar 10,2020
By: The Center for Democracy Human Rights and Governance
This webinar is part of The DRG Tipping Point Virtual Think Tank Series, a monthly webinar series from February to June 2020. Check out the full series here, which will be updated following each session.March 2020 - Adaptive Management - The Promises and Perils of Integrated ApproachesThis focuses on the unexpectedly powerful impact ...
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The DRG Webinar Series: Session One

Mar 10,2020
By: The Center for Democracy Human Rights and Governance
This webinar is part of The DRG Tipping Point Virtual Think Tank Series, a monthly webinar series from February to June 2020. Check out the full series here, which will be updated following each session.February 2020 - The Untapped Power of Local PhilanthropyThis session explores ways that local philanthropy can help countries on their jo...
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Four Years Later: How Our Community has been Inspired by the CLA Maturity Tool

Mar 06,2020
By: Monica Matts & Monalisa Salib
About four years ago, we shared the Collaborating, Learning & Adapting (CLA) Framework with our USAID Learning Lab community and started using the associated CLA Maturity Tool with USAID Missions and implementing partners. For those who aren’t familiar with the tool, teams and operating units use it to self-assess their CLA practice...
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ResilienceLinks: A New Knowledge Platform for Global Resilience

Mar 03,2020
By: Center for Resilience
Resilience – the ability to manage through crisis without compromising future wellbeing – is increasingly recognized as an essential part of global development. Droughts, flooding, severe price fluctuations, and other shocks and crises threaten hard-won development gains and cost millions of dollars in humanitarian assistance each yea...
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USAID/Washington Learning Agendas February 2020 Snapshot

Mar 03,2020
By: jlucas
Building and using data and evidence are central to improving USAID’s work and operationalizing the Journey to Self-Reliance. Learning agendas are a tool that can help us realize data-driven decision-making in our operations and programming, by identifying and addressing critical knowledge gaps. The following list of learning agendas fr...
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Learning Agenda Playbook shares ‘how’ of utilization-focused approach

Feb 19,2020
By: LAB/EIA and USAID LEARN
Are you thinking about, or actively involved in, planning or implementing a learning agenda effort?Do you support learning and adaptive management within your organization?Are you interested in options for intentional and systematic learning methods?Check out this new learning agenda resource from the U.S. Global Development Lab’s Offic...
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