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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:...
USAID Contribution
This resource, part of the context-driven adaptation collection (see https://usaidlearninglab.org/context-driven-adaptation-overview), provides tips on how to enable context-driven adaptation, or thinking and working politically (TWP), within a USAID strategy. It also relates TWP to the journey to self-reliance. As...
USAID Contribution
This resource describes how to conduct at least one portfolio review per year that focuses on progress toward strategy-level results.
USAID Contribution
This updated template may be used as the basis for developing an evaluation Statement of Work (SOW). The template is based on an extensive peer review conducted in 2018 following the release of the Evaluation Toolkit in September 2015. It is designed to be used primarily by USAID staff.The template is only available in...
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
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.
Community Contribution
This document provides answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the Evaluation Toolkit released in September 2015.
USAID Contribution
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...
USAID Contribution
The guidance document describes the required and recommended information to include about planned evaluations in the Evaluation Plan of the Mission-Wide Performance Management Plan (PMP). The document also includes sample templates for managing the PMP evaluation plan and an evaluation schedule.In addition, please refer...
USAID Contribution
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

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