Complexity-Aware Monitoring Discussion Note (Brief)

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Date Published:
July 31, 2018
USAID Contribution

This content is currently under revision to align with the recently updated ADS 201.


For guidance and support associated with revisions to ADS 201, please see the Program Cycle overview page.


PPL's Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research (LER) is pleased to share an updated Discussion Note: Complexity-Aware Monitoring. This paper is intended for those seeking cutting-edge solutions to monitoring complex aspects of strategies and projects. 


We hope this paper will raise questions, stimulate dialogue, and – most of all -- inspire experimentation. Most of the principles provided here have a significant body of theory and practice behind them, but many have not been used to monitor USAID strategies and projects. We have much to learn about whether and how they can be applied successfully in the Agency.


We look forward to your feedback.  Contact Travis Mayo ([email protected]) with comments/questions.  We’re also eager to hear from those who plan to use or already are using complexity-aware monitoring and evaluation methods.  


Link:  This document is an Additional Help for ADS Chapter 201, updated once in September 2016 and again in July 2018.