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In 2016, USAID’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance launched its Learning Agenda—a set of research questions designed to address the issues that confront staff in USAID field offices working on the intersection of development and democracy, human rights, and governance.This literature review...
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Two literature reviews and related infographics explore:(1) Effective Human Rights Campaigns: A new DRG literature review addresses questions about human rights awareness campaigns, including: What makes human rights awareness campaigns successful? Why do many campaigns fail? What are the unintended negative...
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Recent DRG Impact Evaluation reports examine:(1) USAID's Ghana Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms (GSAM) project: An impact evaluation of USAID's GSAM project, which aims to increase accountability of local District Assemblies in Ghana, tested the effect of two distinct efforts to increase accountability and...
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This publication organizes and evaluates the body of current academic theory that can contribute to greater understanding of democratic openings in authoritarian systems. The authors explore why and how these openings may occur, recognizing that most cases of subtle change away from authoritarianism do not necessarily...
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Network analysis can be utilized efficiently and cost effectively to inform ongoing program decision-making, flagging promising innovations for scale-up or scale-back
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The "Systems and Complexity White Paper" is a how-to manual for USAID missions, operating units and partners on the application of systemic design, monitoring & evaluation practices into international development programming.
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Missions and Washington OUs must ensure that USAID implementing partners submit datasets—and supporting documentation such as code books, data dictionaries, scope, and methodology used to collect and analyze the data—compiled under USAID-funded evaluations to the Development Data Library (see ADS 579 and Frequently...
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When asked about barriers to evaluation quality and use, USAID staff often cite instances when the evaluation took place at the wrong time, focused on the wrong questions, or failed to engage stakeholders from the beginning.
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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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An intentional and collaborative strategy for continuous learning through all stages of the Program Cycle is essential to achieve development results. As a strategy for continuous learning, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment/Office of...
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