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Development is measured in statistics; economic growth rates, life expectancy, literacy rates, population growth – to mention just a few – provide an objective assessment of progress. But the numbers by themselves cannot tell the whole story. Although Vietnam is rightly acknowledged as a development success, with rapid...
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| By Dan Burns
The USAID/Uganda School Health and Reading Program (SHRP), the Literacy Achievement and Retention Activity (LARA) along with the Uganda Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), made significant, steady impact on early grade reading throughout Uganda, but we believe it could be greater.  Despite the pervasive...
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Between 2016-2017, the national neglected tropical disease (NTD) program in Senegal, with support from RTI International with USAID funding through ENVISION, developed and implemented a new intervention package with the aim to increase coverage for lymphatic filariasis (LF) through mass drug administration (MDA). This...
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High rates of unemployment, working poverty, and other forms of vulnerable employment persist among young people in many African counties. Not only is youth unemployment an urgent issue, it is also complex and demands that employment programs be structured to respond nimbly to varied contexts. They must be deliberately...
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In Zimbabwe, local Health Center Committees and District Health Executive teams are using community scorecard data to understand major health challenges facing local communities and taking action to reduce barriers to care.The scorecard data is collected, managed, and shared by the partners of the PEPFAR-funded...
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The ECO Project was designed to strengthen USAID’s development impact by ensuring high-quality learning in the environment and climate change sectors. The project worked collaboratively with USAID counterparts to improve the technical capacity of USAID staff by designing and supporting the delivery of learning events,...
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The Developmental Evaluation Pilot Activity (DEPA MERL) is designed to test the effectiveness of developmental evaluation (DE) in the USAID context. DE provides an approach to evaluation that is quick, ongoing, and takes an iterative approach to data collection, analysis, and feedback. This contributes to timely...
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At USAID/Ethiopia, we found that although we were on track to meet some of our output-level indicators, it was unlikely that the mission would meet the high-level outcome indicators linked to the Feed the Future strategy and development objective. Evaluations suggested several factors that may have contributed to this...
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Cracking the Nut Health: The Role of Communities in Building Resilient Health Systems: Lessons from the 2016 Conference
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Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is critical to all USAID programs for accountability reporting, measuring impact, and informing ongoing strategic management decisions. The principal lesson learned from the Office of Transition Initiatives’ (OTI) 15 years of experience operating in complex, dynamic, and...
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