Operating in a volatile environment, with a shifting conflict line, changing U.S. priorities, and the specter of many large donor-funded projects in a small geographic space, the Mission inculcated CLA approaches into ERA’s project and activity design, procurement process, and contract language.
In a context where Missions are seeking ways to be more creative and cost-effective with their work, even the way we learn and adapt begins to shift.
A learning review of a health sector decentralization project in Uganda
The USAID/Philippines Health Project (2017–2022) is a portfolio of 11 activities to improve the health of under-served Filipinos. Based on evidence from its 2016 Health Portfolio Evaluation and Project Appraisal Document, USAID/Philippines determined that it is uniquely positioned to strengthen its impact in critical health areas – such as family planning and tuberculosis – by leveraging USAID’s Evaluation Policy and collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) principles.
How do you go from good to great in a non-permissive environment when your budget has been zeroed and staff morale has tanked? In the case of USAID/Azerbaijan, the key was energizing Mission staff with a Collaborative Learning approach.
Working to move North Macedonia forward on its journey to self-reliance, the USAID Business Ecosystem Project (BEP), implemented by Palladium Group, is designed to increase private sector investment in strengthening domestic supply chains and workforce development.
Previously in USAID/Cambodia, site visits were documented in a disaggregated fashion that relied on each individual AOR/COR and how they maintained site visit reports in their official activity files. It was challenging and time consuming to analyze the information from site visits for more than one activity at a time, let alone across an entire sector or the Mission-wide portfolio.
Example language of a CLA Mechanism
Example position descriptions for CLA-focused staff
A Guide to Hiring Adaptive Employees