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Please note: This content is currently under revision to align with the recently updated ADS 201. The Introduction to CLA in the Program Cycle course will be replaced by an updated version by August 2021. For guidance and support associated with revisions to ADS 201, please see the Program Cycle overview page


Introduction to Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) in the Program Cycle


Improve the results of your development work by building your skills in collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA)—USAID's approach to organizational learning and adaptive management in the Program Cycle. Particularly useful for those new to CLA, this introductory, online course will introduce you to the CLA Framework, the pathways for integrating CLA in your work and the primary tools and resources available to help you do so.


Participants will work through a series of interactive scenarios using reference tools and resources to apply their learning throughout the course. You can choose how much time you spend exploring all of the resources, examples and context in the course, but most people will be able to complete it in one hour.


Course Objectives

Through completing this online course, participants will:

  • Understand how collaborating, learning and adapting can help you achieve development outcomes more effectively
  • Practice applying practical CLA approaches 
  • Learn where to find available CLA tools and resources


To receive CLPs, you must complete the course on USAID University.


Explore CLA Resources

The course introduces you to a wealth of resources to support you in using CLA approaches in your work. Explore the USAID Learning Lab website to find:


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