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Evaluation syntheses are analytic reviews of evaluations that aggregate findings from evaluation reports and/or examine the quality of the evaluations reviewed. This Discussion Note, Making Evidence Accessible through Evaluation Synthesis, focuses on two common types of evaluation syntheses that USAID commissions:...
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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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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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This Additional Help to ADS 201 offers a short overview of USAID's perspective on local capacity development across the Program Cycle as well as links to further tools and resources. It is a great resource for any strategic or project design that aims to achieve local capacity development.
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This document, an ADS 201 Additional Help resource, provides direction on how to develop a Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) plan for a Mission's Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP).It outlines the information to include in a CLA plan, describes the processes Missions can use to understand their current CLA...
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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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The purpose of this guidance document is to provide USAID staff in the Missions and at Headquarters with guidance on choosing whether to conduct an internal or external evaluation. While required evaluations must be external, USAID Missions/Operating Units (OUs) are encouraged to conduct non-required evaluations as...
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