In 2013, USAID/PPL's Office of Learning, Evaluation, and Research, supported by the Knowledge-Driven Microenterprise Development (KDMD) project, funded "Learning Improvement Projects." These internal USAID pilot projects aimed to catalyze Agency learning by sharing their lessons with the hope that promising approaches can be replicated and scaled up by others for greater impact. The following Learning Improvement Projects have been completed:
  • Advocacy Resource Center (USAID/OTI/Lebanon)
  • Digital Data Feasibility Study (USAID/E3/DCA)
  • Caribbean Partners for Educational Progress CoP (USAID/Jamaica)
  • OpenStreetMap and Field Papers Upgrade (USAID/OTI)
  • Economic Analysis Data Dashboard Feasibility Study (USAID/E3/EP)
Media
In August 2012, USAID's community of practice (CoP) for basic education in Jamaica was successfully handed off to a local partner, the School of Education at the University of the West Indies-Mona campus, and has now been expanded to a Caribbean-wide CoP. Watch to learn how you can apply their... read more
October 1, 2013
Library Resource
Field Papers is a web-based mapping tool managed by Stamen Design. It allows users to create a map from anywhere in the world (using data from OpenStreetMap), print it out, and mark it up with their own notes. Later, the updated map can be photographed, uploaded back to the Field Papers website,... read more
September 26, 2013
Blog
It’s probably fair to say that Andrew Wiseman loves data. Specifically, he loves geospatial data—the kind that allows development practitioners to understand geographic space in order to research, plan, implement, and evaluate humanitarian activities. Improving the quality of existing mapping tools... read more
September 12, 2013
Blog
Sarah Lane, the Activity Lead for the Office of Economic Policy in USAID’s E3 Bureau, struggled for years with the fact that the Agency had “so much amazing project level data out there,” including her office’s project cost benefit analyses (CBAs), but no central repository. In Lane’s experience,... read more
September 12, 2013
Blog
In 2010, USAID/Jamaica launched the Jamaica Partners for Educational Progress, a country-level Community of Practice (CoP) that connects education stakeholders to share knowledge and experiences, access support, discuss timely and critical issues, contribute to policy development, and collectively... read more
September 11, 2013
Blog
USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) proposed a Learning Improvement Project to build an Advocacy Resource Center, including an Advocacy Toolkit,to aggregate the many resources and lessons learned from 3 years of OTI’s work in Lebanon. OTI’s work aimed to catalyze youth activism in... read more
September 11, 2013
Blog
On Wednesday, September 4, Learning Improvement Project proposal submitters and other USAID staff gathered on the 7th floor of the Ronald Reagan Building to share information and experiences in the implementation of these projects. As KDMD referenced in a previous Lab Note, the objective of the... read more
September 6, 2013
USAID Learning Event
Catalyzing youth activism in marginalized areas and enhancing civil society organizations' (CSO) capacity to advocate for local and national issues were major focus areas of USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) in Lebanon over the past 3 years. From that experience, the Lebanon Advocacy... read more
August 27, 2013
Blog
In May 2013, USAID officially introduced their Learning Improvement Projects to the Learning Lab community. These projects, funded by USAID’s Office of Learning, Evaluation, and Research, aim to catalyze Agency learning by sharing lessons learned from innovative pilot projects with the hope that... read more
July 16, 2013
Blog
Have you ever had a great idea that never quite made it off the ground due to limited time, resources, and budget? Have you ever identified a potentially valuable learning opportunity in your projects that was never fully realized? During an intensive discovery interview process from May to... read more
May 8, 2013