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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.
USAID Contribution
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...
USAID Contribution
This document provides recommendations regarding the participation of USAID staff on external evaluations. It is for use primarily by USAID staff.
USAID Contribution
This resource describes how to prepare and maintain an Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan.
USAID Contribution
This document provides detailed instructions for USAID staff on how to submit an evaluation to the DEC. Non-USAID staff members accessing the DEC’s public website are required to register for an account to submit documents.
USAID Contribution
A Discussion Note introducing the concepts of complexity and its relation to USAID programming. The paper outline five complexity-aware monitoring methods
USAID Contribution
The Discussion Note defines Third-Party Monitoring (TPM) and provides information on key considerations when utilizing it. Created using interviews with TPM practitioners and USAID managers, the Discussion note provides suggestions for how to most effectively utilize TPM, how to design TPM systems, and important ethical...
USAID Contribution
This Discussion Note shares practical approaches and considerations for designing monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) platforms in Missions. “MEL platforms” refer to the portfolio of institutional support mechanisms designed to build capacity within USAID Missions to collect, analyze, and use high quality data...
USAID Contribution
This PMP is an illustrative example intended to provide ideas for how Missions can utilize the revised ADS 201 requirements for PMPs, found in section 201.3.2.15. A key revision to PMPs is the new requirement to identify learning priorities with plans for how to address them through monitoring, evaluation, and CLA. The...
USAID Contribution
This Discussion Note outlines key considerations for USAID staff and evaluators when deciding to conduct an ex-post evaluation and then planning for, designing, implementing, and using findings from ex-post evaluations. Those commissioning an ex-post evaluation should consult with an evaluation specialist and consider...
USAID Contribution

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