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This Discussion Note complements ADS 201.3.1.2 Program Cycle Principles by elaborating on Principle 2: Manage Adaptively through Continuous Learning. This Discussion Note is intended for USAID staff interested in learning about recent and promising practices in adaptive management across the Program Cycle. USAID’s...
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Adaptive management is at the heart of ‘doing development differently’ (Wild et al., 2016). Whether it is ‘here to stay’ depends on how much it is mainstreamed into existing development programming, especially planning, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (PMEL) cycles. In this report, we find that mainstreaming...
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This USAID Program Cycle Technical Note describes the 5Rs Framework and demonstrates how it can be applied to strengthen local systems and promote sustainability.
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This experimental methodology takes a fresh look at the notion of value for money, by redefining ‘value’ as the changes experienced in terms of new knowledge, attitudes and behaviour. Shifting the focus from what has been delivered to what has been achieved brings the analysis closer to the daily realities of...
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To be effective in complex environments we need to be more agile and able to adapt to changes in needs and opportunities in a timely and intentional way.This document articulates why adaptive management is important, unpacks what it is, and elaborates the four elements that underpin it: culture, people and skills, tools...
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A conversation with Tracy Miller (USAID Contracting Officer); Neil Price (Deputy Director, OAA) and Tony Pryor (Training Advisor, PPL/SPP) on adaptive mechanisms, and the lessons learned from Uganda.
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This document is a sample PD for senior M&E position in USAID/Indonesia. It speaks about how Learning and Adaption is related to M&E duties. Such senior M&E position should not only seek staff who are "learning ambitious" but have an appreciation of that country's broader evaluation context, from where...
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This Zimbabwe Transition Country Development Cooperation Strategy outlines the focus of USAID’s program in Zimbabwe to help support the transition to a democratic, peaceful, productive, multi-racial society; take care of its citizens; abide by the rule of law; respect human rights; and contribute to regional...
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By all measures, PRIME is a very complex project; a 62-million dollar project, covering five technical components, managing an innovation fund, addressing gender and disability, operating in three regions of Ethiopia through ten partner organizations that co-locate in seven field offices.In areas frequently exposed...
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Development practitioners have increasingly realized the value of learning by doing and of incorporating flexibility into program design. These adaptive approaches have particular application to programs that are affected by or that seek to influence policy reform. In policy work, success typically depends on an ability...
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