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)
Library Resource
From 2009-2013, USAID/Jamaica established a Community of Practice (CoP), implemented by The QED Group's USAID KDMD Project, for education stakeholders in Jamaica to share knowledge and experiences, to get or offer help, to discuss timely and critical issues, to contribute to policy development, and... read more
October 3, 2013
Library Resource
The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and Geofabrik, with funding from USAID and the World Bank, developed an online tool to enable users to more easily obtain access to OSM data. Called the “HOT Exports” tool, the software is designed to allow anyone to customize and download an OSM map. Since... read more
October 3, 2013
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
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USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) partnered with UN Global Pulse to conduct a feasibility study on using new, digital data sources (“Big Data”) to inform decision making. DCA seeks to identify and fill gaps in access to finance by using partial credit guarantees, but statistics on access... read more
September 30, 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
Library Resource
The Art of Advocacy Self-Paced Training provides highlights from the many resources created by the Lebanon Civic Support Initiative (LCSI). The 90 minute training is designed as an easily accessible resource for local level advocacy efforts by USAID staff, field practitioners, implementing partners... read more
September 20, 2013
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The Advocacy Resource Center was developed to create a platform for advocacy learning and idea exchange, particularly focused on local level advocacy efforts. The Center, funded by USAID’s Policy, Planning and Learning Bureau (PPL/LER) as part of the Learning Improvement Projects, is designed to... read more
September 20, 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
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 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
Library Resource
Investments in learning can generate oustanding results. View the screencast for the Learning Improvement Projects to learn more about five offices at USAID and the creative projects they developed to share knowledge.What is a Learning Improvement Project?The objective of the Learning Improvement... read more
August 29, 2013

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