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A Discussion Note introducing the concepts of complexity and its relation to USAID programming. The paper outline five complexity-aware monitoring methods
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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...
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CLA and Developmental Evaluations
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There is a growing recognition that political economy analysis (PEA) is an essential aspect of external donor assistance to complex health reform processes. USAID’s Vision for Health Systems Strengthening (2015–2019), for example, recognizes that “broad political economy issues often drive health systems organization,...
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These core resources accompany "Thinking and Working Politically through Applied PEA: A Guide for Practitioners" providing tools needed to plan and support PEA/TWP efforts.
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In its efforts to advance understandings of how to measure the effects and effectiveness of collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) on development results, the CLAIM Learning Network has identified a number of learning questions around assessing CLA’s 'plausible contribution' to development outcomes. These include:...
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This USAID Program Cycle Technical Note describes the 5Rs Framework and demonstrates how it can be applied to strengthen local systems and promote sustainability.
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This paper describes how adaptive management can be fostered if participatory 'evaluative thinking' activities are used to analyze assumptions in theory of change models.
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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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Focus group interviews (also often called focus group discussions) are a key tool for collecting data to support many USAID activities. This data collection technique is widely used in international development planning, monitoring, and evaluation. They are quick, versatile and typically inexpensive, so they can be used...
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