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A good Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Learning Agenda question is narrower than a general question (“what works in anti-corruption programming?”) and broader than an evaluation question (“what were the effects of USAID’s anticorruption programs in Southern Africa?”) Clear? No? Read on.
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The engagement grid below outlines a variety of approaches to conducting learning activities to help answer learning questions. Often, we rely on approaches that we have used in the past without pausing to reflect on whether those approaches are the best fit given our learning questions. This grid is intended for use by...
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Development is measured in statistics; economic growth rates, life expectancy, literacy rates, population growth – to mention just a few – provide an objective assessment of progress. But the numbers by themselves cannot tell the whole story. Although Vietnam is rightly acknowledged as a development success, with rapid...
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| By Dan Burns
This checklist is intended for use by USAID and implementing partner staff when developing or reviewing learning questions during monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) planning processes. It can be used to assess the appropriateness of each learning question based on utility, focus, feasibility, and inclusivity....
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The USAID/Uganda School Health and Reading Program (SHRP), the Literacy Achievement and Retention Activity (LARA) along with the Uganda Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), made significant, steady impact on early grade reading throughout Uganda, but we believe it could be greater.  Despite the pervasive...
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The Learning Agenda Workbook for Food Security and Nutrition Programming is based upon the materials and exercises developed for the TOPS FSN Network Knowledge Management (KM) Task Force “Learning Agenda Workshop,” which was held in late 2016 in Washington, DC.This workbook will take you through the steps involved in...
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Using large-scale surveys to understand context and address learning needs
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Established in 2014, the U.S. Global Development Lab (“the Lab”) serves as an innovation hub within the U.S. Agency for International Development, helping the Agency harness advances in science, technology, innovation, and partnerships (STIP) that promise to accelerate development impact. The Lab’s two-part mission is...
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In late 2016, USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning & Learning (PPL) initiated the Learning Dojo, an effort to bring together five operating units at USAID around a shared learning agenda. Representatives from PPL, the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, the U.S. Global Development Lab,...
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