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.

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Three Ways Data Science is Changing Monitoring and Evaluation As a Data Scientist working in the context of monitoring and evaluation in the international development industry, I get exposed to interesting data science problems every day. It’s fascinating to see firsthand how an industry is... read more
May 20, 2019
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Evaluation syntheses are analytic reviews of evaluations that aggregate findings from evaluation reports and/or examine the quality of the evaluations reviewed. This Discussion Note, Making Evidence Accessible through Evaluation Synthesis, focuses on two common types of evaluation syntheses that... read more
May 7, 2019
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This webinar is an introduction to performance monitoring at the activity level. It explains some key concepts in performance monitoring and demonstrates how one develops a performance motioning plan based on a project or activity theory of change and its associated logic model. COR/AORs and MEL... read more
April 30, 2019
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This Technical Report focuses on evaluation syntheses as aid for learning and improving the utilization of evidence from evaluations. Decision-makers use such evidence to inform foreign assistance policies, strategies, projects, and activities, and for monitoring and improving evaluation quality.... read more
April 4, 2019
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How can Developmental Evaluations support Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) in our work? This short briefer illustrates the ways and means Developmental Evaluations can support CLA.
December 6, 2018
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The USAID Promoting Tanzania's Environment, Conservation, and Tourism Activity (USAID PROTECT) addresses dynamics that threaten biodiversity conservation and inhibit private sector-led growth in the natural resources sector. After two years of implementation, it became clear that the Activity's... read more
November 12, 2018
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The five-year USAID Health Service Delivery is designed to improve health outcomes for women of reproductive age and children under the age of five, including Syrian refugees living in Jordanian host communities. In partnership with the Government of Jordan/Ministry of Health (MOH) and other... read more
November 12, 2018
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This post was written by Frank Higdon, Evaluation Team Lead, Office of Learning Evaluation and Research, Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning As USAID reorients how we do business to focus on supporting countries on the Journey to Self-Reliance, how can evaluation support that shift and how can... read more
October 26, 2018
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In September 2017, the Digital Finance (DFS) team joined others in the U.S. Global Development Lab to participate in a Developmental Evaluation (DE), a CLA approach. The Uptake DE was focused on understanding the Lab’s most effective approaches to sustained uptake and learning from different models... read more
September 3, 2018
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USAID’s evaluation policy and the integration of aid effectiveness principles in our work created an important impetus for USAID/Peru to incorporate Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) capacity building as a specific focus of our assistance. As we increasingly worked directly with local partners... read more
August 17, 2018
Ask & Answer
I work for USAID. I'm reviewing an evaluation. I need clear definitions for what is a "finding," "conclusion," and "recommendation?" Thanks.
May 29, 2018
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In its efforts to advance understandings of how to measure the effects and effectiveness of collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) on development results, the CLAIM Learning Network has identified a number of learning questions around assessing CLA’s 'plausible contribution' to development... read more
May 29, 2018
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Evidence-based decision-making is a powerful tool for transforming USAID from the Inside Out. In this episode, we’ll talk about where we see this happening in other industries, and why it can be challenging at USAID. We will also discuss two examples of innovative learning initiatives at USAID... read more
May 23, 2018
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This Discussion Note shares practical approaches and considerations for designing monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) platforms in Missions. “MEL platforms” refer to the portfolio of institutional support mechanisms designed to build capacity within USAID Missions to collect, analyze, and... read more
May 2, 2018
Industry Event
Evaluation Community of India (ECOI) is going to organise a three-day event called EvalFest 2018: Voice, visibility and value. EvalFest 2018 has been conceptualised as a step in the direction to co-produce knowledge and build partnerships with various stakeholders to ensure that evaluation and... read more
January 25, 2018

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