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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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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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In this video, Lant Pritchett, provides an overview of PDIA core principles: problem-solving; authorizing positive deviation; iterating and adapting; and scaling practices through diffusion. We believe that success builds institutions and not vice versa.BSC video series The Building State Capability (BSC) program at the...
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Activities and resources for facilitating pause and reflection
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The new FAA 118/119 Tropical Forest and Biodiversity Analysis Best Practices Guide provides practical "how-to" advice for USAID staff and contractors conducting the analysis.
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A Before Action Review (BAR) is a method for a team starting a project, activity, or event to assess what knowledge they already have.  A BAR helps a team state their intentions just before commencing the project and helps identify potential challenges and risks by drawing on lessons learned from past experiences....
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This resource describes how to prepare and maintain an Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan.
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This document establishes clear expectations for evaluation reports during the preparation of evaluation statements of work and the in-briefing of the evaluation team. These practices also serve as a guide for reviewing the quality of draft evaluation reports submitted by the evaluation team.This resource was updated in...
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This How-To Note addresses key issues for USAID staff who are developing a Statement of Work for an externally contracted evaluation. Following these practices will help to establish clear expectations and requirements for the evaluation team and clearly communicate what evaluation questions will provide answers...
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Outcome mapping is a methodology for planning, monitoring and evaluating development initiatives in order to bring about sustainable social change.
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