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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Under its Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Policy, USAID is working hand-in-hand with the private sector to design and deliver development and humanitarian programs across all sectors, and to harness resources to open markets and other opportunities for U.S. businesses. The USAID PSE Evidence and... read more
September 23, 2021
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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... read more
May 6, 2021
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This PMP is an illustrative example intended to provide ideas for how Missions can utilize the revised ADS 201 requirements for PMPs, found in section 201.3.2.15. A key revision to PMPs is the new requirement to identify learning priorities with plans for how to address them through monitoring,... read more
May 4, 2021
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Pact’s Adaptive Management Guide provides practical guidance to development practitioners globally on the mindsets, behaviors, resources, and processes that underpin an effective adaptive management system. It presents an approach to managing adaptively that is rooted in complexity analysis and... read more
January 25, 2021
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Insights from a Meta-Evaluation of USAID/Liberia's Portfolio from 2016-2020As Social Impact’s (SI) five-year Liberia Strategic Analysis (LSA) contract facilitating data-driven decision making with USAID/Liberia comes to an end, we took a step back to synthesize 31 evaluations and assessments... read more
December 22, 2020
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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
December 3, 2020
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This webinar was focused on understanding tools and technologies as well as limitations in data sensing and data mapping tools that can help the development and M&E practitioners collect needed data. In this webinar practitioners from Atlas AI, a private sector company, World Bank’s Development... read more
December 2, 2020
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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa has streamlined Chapter 201 of our ADS, Program Cycle Operational Policy, to shift our emphasis from bureaucracy to the real work of supporting development progress.  The reformed policy responds to calls from... read more
December 2, 2020
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This 10-page document summarizes key "musts" (requirements) and "shoulds" (best practices) in the revision of ADS 201 that was codified on October 28, 2020.
December 2, 2020
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The Global Learning for Adaptive Management (GLAM) is an initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department for International Development (DFID). GLAM is envisioned as a globally networked learning alliance that aimed to actively identify,... read more
October 28, 2020
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The purpose of the Stakeholder Participation Planning Matrix is to organize engagement with stakeholders throughout an evaluation process; it both guides planning and organizes the plan in a clear and consolidated format.Stakeholders are the individuals, teams, and organizations that have a vested... read more
July 6, 2020
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Sampling is the process of studying a subset of a population for the purposes of describing or testing questions about a whole population. At USAID, sampling may be used to collect data for baselines, evaluations (both impact evaluations and performance evaluations), assessments that require... read more
June 5, 2020
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This Discussion Note outlines key considerations for USAID staff and evaluators when deciding to conduct an ex-post evaluation and then planning for, designing, implementing, and using findings from ex-post evaluations. Those commissioning an ex-post evaluation should consult with an evaluation... read more
May 13, 2020
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The Program Cycle Learning Study (PCLS) used a qualitative case study approach to provide a systematic and holistic understanding of how four Missions understand and implement the Program Cycle. The study offers examples of how Missions implement the Program Cycle on a day-to-day basis and provides... read more
April 28, 2020
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The Annotated Evidence Summary tells the story of USAID's Development Innovations (DI) program that was implemented in Cambodia by Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) from 2013-2019. The Summary outlines the ways in which DI’s use of collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) mindsets and... read more
March 24, 2020

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