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