In order to improve development results and to ensure accountability for the resources used to achieve them, development practitioners and funders must strive to continuously learn and improve their approach. The purpose of strong evaluation and performance monitoring practices is to apply learning gained from evidence and analysis. The development community must rely on the best available evidence to rigorously and credibly make hard choices, learn more systematically, and document program effectiveness.

Working Group Resource
This presentation was delivered at the 2017 ICT Challenge Fund Learning Workshop in Arusha, Tanzania by Jim Phillips (IBTCI). 
August 8, 2017
Library Resource
This position description for a Senior Learning Advisor (PSC-14) provides useful information for those that want to apply or for those developing their own organizational learning advisor position descriptions. The original PD was updated to reflect the evolving set of CLA tasks and... read more
April 27, 2017
Industry Event
Finding Your Path in Evaluation American Evaluation Association Who should attend? Evaluators, applied researchers, grantmakers, foundation program officers, nonprofit administrators, social science students, you! Sessions are filled on a first-come basis.  What is the format? Three keynote... read more
April 12, 2017
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On this page:   What is it?   |   How do I get started?   |   Important Tips What is it? A learning agenda includes a (1) set of questions addressing critical knowledge gaps (2) a set of associated activities to answer them and (3) products aimed at disseminating findings and designed with usage... read more
April 9, 2017
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A Performance Management Plan (PMP) is a Mission-wide tool for planning and managing the process of (1) monitoring strategic progress, project performance, programmatic assumptions, and operational context; (2) evaluating performance and impact; and (3) learning and adapting from evidence. ... read more
March 21, 2017
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This blog reviews Results-Based Management (RBM) frameworks, guides, handbooks, tools, and websites, and assesses their utility for international development practitioners: donor agency officials, project managers, field workers, development partner government agencies and non-goverment... read more
March 16, 2017
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These documents provide supplemental guidance to ADS 201. Additional Help: Monitoring & Evaluation for a G2G Agreement: This document provides additional help to ADS 201 relating to Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Plans for activities implemented through Government-to-... read more
February 10, 2017
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A learning agenda includes a (1) set of questions addressing the critical knowledge gaps impeding informed design and implementation decisions and (2) plans for learning activities to help answer those questions. A basic process for a learning agenda includes three key steps:Understanding the... read more
February 3, 2017
Industry Event
Join American University for a webinar on November 2, 2017 at 1 pm ET with alum Mitch Teberg, Measurement and Evaluation Council Member.He will lead a discussion on Evaluating Programs in Complex Environments: The Case of Afghanistan.  
January 23, 2017
Industry Event
Join American University for a webinar on June 13, 2017 at 1 pm ET with Noy Villalobos, Senior Advisor, Creative Associates International and Measurement and Evaluation Council Member. Noy will lead a discussion on Using Qualitative Methods to Evaluate Impact in Violence Reduction Programs: The... read more
January 23, 2017
Industry Event
Join American University for a webinar on April 4, 2017 at 1 pm ET with alum Jennifer Erie, USAID Health Officer. She will lead a discussion on Evaluating Health Programs and speak particularly about a case in Tanzania. 
January 23, 2017
Industry Event
In this free webinar, Dan Meyer, author of Putting your Data to Work and The Fundamentals of Business Analytics, will apply corporate practices of using business analytics to optimize Big Data to the field of evaluation. For more information on Dan Meyer and his work, see The Analytics of... read more
January 23, 2017
Industry Event
Do you need to build effective monitoring and evaluation into project and programme work for both accountability and learning? This course will strengthen your skills in supporting the monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes from programme design through to evaluation and impact... read more
January 23, 2017
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Unexamined and unjustified assumptions are the Achilles heel of development programs. In this paper, we describe an evaluation capacity building (ECB) approach designed to help community development practitioners work more effectively with assumptions through the intentional infusion of evaluative... read more
January 7, 2017
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This policy update is the work of USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning’s Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research (PPL/LER). This update had been made to ensure consistency with revisions to USAID’s Automated Directives System (ADS) Chapter 201 Program Cycle Operational Policy, which... read more
January 6, 2017

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