Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Framework and Maturity Matrix Overview

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October 27, 2016
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USAID Official
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USAID/PPL/LER and its support mechanism, LEARN, have developed a Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Framework and Maturity Matrix tool to help USAID missions think more deliberately about how to plan for and implement CLA approaches that fit the mission’s context and assist them in achieving their development objectives.

Using a series of physical cards, the CLA Maturity Matrix provides a clear picture of what systematic, intentional, and resourced integration of CLA can look like throughout the Program Cycle and within a mission’s culture and processes. Working through the cards together can catalyze conversations about CLA, and enables you to:

  • Self-Assess: assess the current state of your CLA practice across the dimensions in the matrix
  • Establish Vision: determine the aspirational future state for your CLA practice across the same dimensions
  • Action Plan: through prioritization, identify where and how to focus future efforts to strengthen your CLA practice and develop your CLA Plan
  • Track Progress: gain a snapshot in time and, when repeated in subsequent years, can help you track changes in CLA integration over time

The resources on this page provide an overview of the CLA Framework and Maturity Matrix tool (shown below) as well as example cards from the Matrix tool. Both the framework and the tool have been developed through an iterative, user-driven process and piloted in eight USAID missions and among numerous focus groups for implementing partners. This version, version 7, will continue to be reviewed and updated periodically based on feedback and user experiences.

Though the CLA Maturity Matrix is intended for use primarily by USAID missions, implementing partners also play a critical role in integrating CLA. For partners who are interested in learning more about the CLA maturity spectrum, please contact info@usaidlearninglab.org. For USAID staff, contact learning@usaid.gov.

Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Maturity Matrix

Example of Adaptive Management key concepts and 5 matrix cards

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This looks useful. Is the CLA Maturity Matrix Framework and Tool available to see? Also, does it include indicators for tracking improved CLA outputs or outcomes?

posted A year ago

Thanks, Lorene! You can read more about the CLA framework here. We have not yet published the CLA Maturity Matrix on Learning Lab, but will be doing so hopefully by September 2016 along with a facilitation guide. If you or a USAID mission you are working with would like to know more about the tool, please contact us at learning@usaid.gov.

 
posted A year ago