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Integrating Effective CLA Plans into USAID Awards

Event Details

Date and time

November 14, 2022 - November 17, 2022






Acute Incite; Humentum

Event Description


Learning has always been a part of how development programs are designed and implemented, but in recent years USAID has more clearly defined systematic guidance for its missions, operating units, and implementing partners via its Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) framework. The CLA framework helps program teams learn and adapt on an ongoing basis, in a systematic way, that leads to greater impact.

In partnership with Acute Incite, Humentum is pleased to launch a new courseIntegrating Effective CLA Plans into USAID Awards, designed to:

  • Help implementing partners understand what USAID expects around learning from program design and implementation
  • Increase chances of winning USAID proposals by writing realistic and practical CLA plans
  • Present a comprehensive and consistent approach to CLA expectations for program implementation
  • Create or enhance a strong collaborative relationship with USAID counterparts, that can lead to more effective results and increased opportunities for collaboration in the future


This foundational course is facilitated by experts in USAID’s CLA framework and will be supplemented by guest appearances from USAID CLA practitioners. Our facilitators will show you how to implement and demonstrate CLA capacity and give you the confidence to translate what you are probably already doing into more systematic and integrated learning practices. As a result, you will be able to write more effective proposals, develop more realistic MEL plans, and implement more adaptive programs. 


Piers Bocock is a recognized international development leader and innovator, with a focus on developing and implementing effective adaptive management, organizational learning, organizational development, and stakeholder engagement approaches that deliver sustainable results.  He has advised some of the world’s largest development agencies (including USAID, UNICEF, FCDO/DFID, the World Bank, Sida, GIZ, and IDB) to improve their knowledge management and organizational learning capacity; he has also worked on the front lines with communities in some of the planet’s poorest countries. 


Amy Leo has more than 10 years of experience developing and implementing adaptive management, change management, and communications strategies that result in individual and organizational behavior change. She is an expert on facilitating and strengthening internal collaborating, learning and adapting capacity for teams and organizations through formal assessments and action planning, as well as continuous capacity support.


Day 1: Intro to CLA

  • Session 1: Overview of CLA, how it is defined in USAID’s guidance, and how it fits into USAID’s Program Cycle
  • Session 2: USAID’s Perspective on how CLA and MEL work together


Day 2:  Contextualizing your CLA Approach

  • Session 3:  The CLA Self-Assessment Process
  • Session 4:  CLA Action Planning


Day 3: Telling your CLA Story

  • Session 5: Practical examples of CLA from USAID
  • Session 6: Practical examples of CLA from Implementing Partners


Day 4: Keys to Success from USAID and its Partners

  • Session 7: Panel: Q&A with USAID CLA practitioners
  • Session 8: Panel: Keys to CLA success from Implementing Partners


At the end of this workshop, you will receive a certificate of completion.

CPE Credits are not offered for this workshop.

Learning Approach

Humentum’s highly practical workshops always put the learner first. Our expert facilitators will draw on their own vast sector and subject-specific knowledge to ensure our learner experience is as worthwhile and enjoyable as possible. They will share relevant tools, techniques and insights that are immediately transferrable to your own work. You are also actively encouraged to engage in meaningful discussions, hands-on group work, and pose your own specific questions to further enhance your learning.

How does this Online workshop work?

This online workshop runs over 4 days, and you are required to log in at set times each day to attend 2 live webinars per day, each one being 90 minutes. You will also access videos and join in on discussions relevant to the content. In addition to this you will also receive email prompts and support to guide you through the training and help you stay on track.

Pricing and Discounts

Humentum encourages teams to attend this workshop together.

We offer a 10% discount for groups of 5 or more to attend this workshop.  

New! Learn about our Organizational Training Package - an offer that allows even more flexibility and cost savings for your organization - starting at groups of 10 or more.



8:30AM 10:00 AM EST
10:30AM-12:00PM EST


8:30AM – 10:00AM EST
10:30AM-12:00PM EST


8:30AM – 10:00AM EST
10:30AM-12:00PM EST


8:30AM – 10:00AM EST
10:30AM-12:00PM EST

You will also receive email prompts and support to guide you and stay on track through the training.

We estimate this workshop requires 4 hours per day (3 hours in person, 1 hour of asynchronous time, depending on your pace of learning, and previous experience)

What will you learn?

  • What USAID means by “CLA”, and why it is important to program design, implementation, learning, and adaptive management
  • How to demonstrate CLA approaches that you are already doing in your work, and communicate how they benefit program implementation
  • How to design and integrate a CLA plan into program design and implementation
  • How to make effective decisions on the evidence you collect
  • How to build a culture of learning on a program team

Who should attend?

  • Program/project staff implementing USAID projects, especially those responsible for monitoring, evaluation, and learning throughout the project cycle
  • Business development staff managing or bidding on a USAID contract, grant, or cooperative agreement
  • Chiefs of Party and Deputy Chiefs of Party