Create an account?

Create an account?

  1. Click on the “Create a Profile” link at the very top of the homepage. Once you do, a short form will pop up. If you don’t see this form, try disabling your browser’s pop-up blocker.
  2. Complete the required sections (Username, Email address, First and Last name, Country).
  3. Select whether you would like to subscribe to the Learning Matters newsletter. 
  4. Read and agree to the privacy policy.
  5. Answer the security CAPTCHA question.
  6. Click the “Create new account” button.
  7. Check your email for a message from Learning Lab and click on the activation link to complete your registration. At this point, you will be prompted to create a password for the site.
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Log in?

Log in?

  1. Click the "Log In" link featured at the top of every page on Learning Lab.
  2. Enter your username or email address and password in the LOG IN TO LEARNING LAB form.
  3. Click the "Log In" button.
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USAID Learning Lab?

USAID Learning Lab?

Learning Lab is USAID's platform for generating and sharing information, tools, and resources on how development practitioners can work together to integrate learning throughout the USAID Program Cycle. Here, USAID staff and partners jointly create, share, refine, and apply practical approaches to more effectively ground programs in evidence and quickly adapt based on new learning and changing contexts, thereby maximizing development outcomes.

USAID Learning Lab is open to everyone, but its content is tailored to USAID staff and development partners around the world who want to increase their collaboration and leverage their learning. Site members can share both publicly and privately.

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Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA)?

Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA)?

Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) is a set of practices that help us improve our development effectiveness. Learning has always been part of USAID’s work, and most USAID missions and implementing partners are already practicing CLA in some way. Our aim now is to make CLA more systematic and intentional throughout the Program Cycle, and to dedicate the resources necessary to make it happen.

According to USAID’s Program Cycle guidance (ADS 201.3.5.19), “Strategic collaboration, continuous learning, and adaptive management link together all components of the Program Cycle.” Integrating CLA into our work helps to ensure that our programs are coordinated with others, grounded in a strong evidence base, and iteratively adapted to remain relevant throughout implementation. The systematic application of CLA approaches, led by people who have the knowledge and resources to carry them out, enables USAID to be an effective learning organization and thereby a more effective development organization.

box with collaboratingcollaborating intentionally happens when USAID and stakeholders identify areas of shared interest and work together where it makes sense, reduce duplication of efforts, and share knowledge across sectoral and institutional boundaries. Collaboration helps break down sectoral and institutional stovepipes; validates USAID programs against experience and local/contextual knowledge; and enhances the ability of partner country governments, organizations, commercial actors, and individuals to define and pursue their development agendas while informing USAID’s work.

box with learninglearning systematically takes place when USAID and stakeholders utilize a variety of sources of information (including data from monitoring, portfolio reviews, findings of research, evaluations, analyses conducted by USAID or third parties, knowledge gained from experience) and take the time to pause and reflect on implementation. This helps us draw on evidence and experience from many sources and employ participatory development methodologies that catalyze learning for ourselves and our stakeholders.

box with adaptingadapting effectively happens when USAID and partners apply learning and make adjustments during implementation. This is especially critical as USAID is increasingly working in countries that are unstable or in transition and even in the most stable environments, it is difficult to reliably predict how events or circumstances will evolve and impact programs. Adaptive management helps USAID respond to changes in context and new information to increase the impact of development assistance.

To learn more about what CLA looks like in practice, check out these great examples from the CLA Case Competition.

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How do I convert files to PDF?

How do I convert files to PDF?

In most cases, in order to comply with USAID accessibility requirements and to minimize the risk of sharing corrupted files, users are only able to upload PDF documents to the Learning Lab. Learn more about Accessibility.

To convert a file, such as a Word document, to PDF, there are several different options. WikiHow offers a good overview on how to create PDFs from many different formats, including Word, Word for Mac, Google Docs, and Open Office. View the step-by-step instructions.

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Submit a publication or resource to the Library?

Submit a publication or resource to the Library?

 The steps below will help walk you through the process of submitting a library resource. For more detailed instructions, you can also download the Library User Guide. Don't forget to only click "Save" once you've filled out all of the resource information.

 

Step 1: Log in to Learning Lab or click here to create an account if you are not yet a member.

Step 2: After you've logged in, click here for the submission form.

Note: You can also find the submission form by clicking on the Library menu tab and clicking the "Add Resource" button on the top of the page.

Step 3: Complete the form.

Don't be daunted by the form. Please fill in the following recommended fields in all three tabs with information about the resource. There are additional optional fields that you may choose to fill in as well.

Resource Description Tab

        • Title (~75 characters): The Teaser Title can be the same.
        • Description: Full description displayed on the resource page. The first bit of this description also appears on the Library landing page as a "teaser." Hover for Tip.
        • Learning approaches: Select the appropriate tag and then click “Add.”
        • Optional tags: Library Series, Resource type, Region, Program Cycle Component: These tags are used to automatically generate lists and feeds throughout the site as well as filter site and library searches.

Author/Publication Info Tab

        • Authoring information: You have the option to enter a person's name, an organizational author and/or an institutional sponsor (e.g., United States Agency for International Development if USAID is the funder).
        • Published date.

Resources Tab

        • Resource Format:External Link and PDF are the only available options. To upload other options, please contact us.
        • File upload: Click "Browse" and select the PDF file, then click "Upload." Enter a short title in the Description box that appears; this description will be used as the link text. See this FAQ for more information on converting to PDF.
        • External links: If your resource is already posted to an external site, you can link directly to it by including the page title and the URL. Include a short title and the complete website address to the resource. Hover for Tip.
        • Related Resources: Choose related resources already posted to Learning Lab from this drop-down menu. Items chosen will appear at the bottom of the resource page in a "Related" box.

Step 4: Click "Save" to submit your resource. Please note that once you click save, you cannot go back to edit the submission form, so make sure to fill out all of the fields and upload your resource or add the link before saving.

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A Group?

A Group?

Learning Lab provides collaborative online spaces for international development professionals to build networks, identify good practices, and find solutions to problems. Browse through the existing working groups to find other practitioners and professionals interested in a particular subject or field. Group membership varies from group to group. Some groups are open to all Learning Lab members; others are invite-only. Group members can post new discussions, comment, and share resources with a small community of goal-oriented professionals.

For more information, visit the Working Groups Resource Center.

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Complete my profile?

Complete my profile?

Once you are logged in, you’ll find the account menu accessible by clicking on your username. Here you’ll be able to view and update your profile, change your account settings and see a list of the groups you’ve joined.

Click on the “Profile” option from the “My Account” menu to view your profile. To make edits, click on the “Edit” tab in the top left corner of the page or the grey “Edit my profile” under your picture.

  • On the Account screen, you can update your email address and password.
  • On the LinkedIn screen, you can enable easy log-in through LinkedIn by connecting your accounts. Click “Save changes” to authorize the link and then follow the instructions on the LinkedIn pop-up window.
  • On the Main profile screen, you can upload a photo, enter basic information about yourself and your work, fill in the About Me text box (we recommend a 100-word maximum), and manage your privacy settings.

Don’t forget to save any changes you make to your account or profile!

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Request a new password if I forgot my existing password?

Request a new password if I forgot my existing password?

  1. Click the "Log In" link featured at the top of every page on the Learning Lab.
  2. Click on the “Forgot password?” link in the window that pops up.
  3. Enter your Learning Lab username or email address.
  4. Click the "Send" button.

 

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How do I search for a library resource?

How do I search for a library resource?

There are two main ways to search through the Learning Lab library:

  • You can enter keywords into the “search” box located in the blue menu bar. This will return results from across the site, but you can filter the results using the terms and tags located in the right-hand column.
  • If you’d rather just browse the library, click on the “Resources” tab in the main menu and select “Learning Library.” You can then use the filters in the Library by selecting the terms and tags that interest you in the right-hand column to narrow down your selections.
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