The Program Cycle is USAID’s operational model for planning, implementing, assessing, and adapting development programming in a given region or country. The Program Cycle is how policy gets translated into action and how USAID supports countries on their Journey to Self-Reliance.
USAID Learning Lab hosts three toolkits to provide USAID staff and implementing partners with a curated set of resources to plan, implement and integrate monitoring, evaluating and CLA practices into their programs.
Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) is a framework and a set of practices for strengthening organizational learning and the conditions that enable it throughout the Program Cycle to improve our development effectiveness, and support countries on their Journey to Self-Reliance.
Sophie Alvarez is a Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), specializing in Knowledge Management and Capacity Strengthening . Her work in agriculture focuses on social network analysis and participatory research. Ms. Alvarez has conducted research in planning, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, learning, participatory research, and knowledge management for projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2008, she began developing the PIPA methodology, which was adapted for use in the Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF). Ms. Alvarez studied Communication Sciences at the Javeriana and Del Valle Universities in Colombia, as well as Sustainable Community Development at Prescott College in Arizona.
The process of explicitly defining how outcomes will be achieved, for whom and with whom, lays the groundwork for successful adaptive management. At the same time, it allows stakeholders to respond to emerging needs and opportunities and to see connections to the existing environment and related initiatives. The specific approach, called PIPA, is a practical planning, monitoring and evaluation model by which stakeholders make their theory of change for a project explicit. Doing so allows them to challenge initial assumptions and to ensure they have a logical pathway towards achieving their vision. Ultimately, PIPA helps maintain and enable new relationships with other implementers in international development. In this seminar, Sophia Alvarez, Monitoring and Evaluation consultant, will dig deeper into the PIPA approach based on her experience with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Come learn how your work might benefit from impact pathways and share your own challenges and successes.
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