CLA in action articles are intended to paint a more detailed picture of what collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) looks like in practice. Unlike other disciplines, CLA is not a technical "fix;" it looks different in different contexts. This series will showcase examples of intentional collaboration, systematic learning, and resourced adaptation, some of which you may find applicable to your own work. The case studies, blogs, and resources represented in this series document the real-world experiences of development practitioners experimenting with these approaches for the benefit of sharing what's possible.

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Sara Mizuta Seavey, M.A., is a Senior Program Officer at FHI360 for the Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project, where she works with USAID’s Digital Development Team to conceive, design, and test how real-time data systems can enable a more adaptive and participatory... read more
September 28, 2016
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Image: Vargo Degbe, from the Monrovia Ebola task force, tallies the day's case data Just what the development community needs: another piece arguing for working in more problem-driven, politically smart, adaptive ways. Isn’t that like your doctor telling you to eat more broccoli? We’ve heard it... read more
June 28, 2016
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On Wednesday, February 24th, I had the opportunity to participate in a USAID presentation that sought to raise up successful uses of collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) in the field and share lessons learned widely across the development sector to promote learning. I heard Betsy Bassan,... read more
March 16, 2016
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Putting Communities at the Heart of Learning from Ian Lathrop At a recent USAID presentation that sought to highlight the successful uses of CLA in the field and share lessons learned widely across the development sector to promote learning, I heard Emily Janoch, Senior Technical Advisor for... read more
February 18, 2016
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This post, by Michelle Dworkin from USAID's mission in Guatemala, originally appeared on USAID's ProgramNet on July 10, 2015. Guatemala's Western Highlands are a region of spectacular beauty and cultural richness. Dominated by a chain of volcanoes along the southern edge, and the highest mountain... read more
September 15, 2015
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In his previous blog, Stephen Menard, former Malawi Program Officer, described USAID/Malawi’s plans and steps taken to better harmonize their programming through a Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) integration experiment. The Mission is proactively facilitating integration through its... read more
September 1, 2015
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USAID's Office of Food for Peace (FFP), Local Systems Community, and the Evaluation Interest Group (EIG) hosted a presentation of key findings and recommendations from the FFP Sustainability and Exit Strategies Study on July 23, 2015. The ex-post study investigated effectiveness of programmatic... read more
August 5, 2015
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Management Sciences for Health's Communities of Practice working to reduce maternal mortality in Tigray, Ethiopia By Mebrahtu Abraha My home region of Tigray in northern Ethiopia has made great strides in ending preventable maternal mortality. Best estimates suggest that the maternal mortality... read more
July 2, 2015
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The USAID mission in Malawi is undertaking some exciting steps to better harmonize their programming by making an integration experiment a cornerstone of its five-year strategic plan, or Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS). The mission is proactively facilitating integration throughout... read more
June 26, 2015
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Development practitioners around the world may face similar challenges when planning, implementing, or evaluating activities. Unfortunately, there’s often neither the time nor the space to learn how others have overcome or adapted to these challenges. Individual teams, activities, or organizations... read more
April 28, 2015

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