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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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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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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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Resources for Measuring Capacity and Commitment

Mar 12,2021
By: Learning Lab
Addressing the question "How can we measure USAID's contribution to capacity and commitment" required first exploring potential programmatic measures of capacity and commitment at different levels of scale. To that end, this collection of resources includes (1) a review of existing measures of capacity and commitment across sectors and le...
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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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