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Compiled in partnership between the U.S. Global Development Lab’s Office of Evaluation and Impact Assessment (Lab/EIA) and the USAID LEARN contract, Learning (in the) Lab: A Utilization-Focused Learning Playbook is designed to share with our colleagues the tools and resources we’ve used to design, develop, implement, and iterate upon a bureau-wide, utilization-focused learning agenda called the Lab Evaluation, Research, and Learning (ERL) Plan.
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A review of how systems thinking and political economy lenses fit together.
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In the first week of 2018, USAID's Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance hosted an excellent presentation and discussion with Milica Panic, the chief of party of the Liberia Accountability and Voice Initiative (LAVI), implemented by DAI. LAVI is considered an archetype example of a program...
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The engagement grid below outlines a variety of approaches to conducting learning activities to help answer learning questions. Often, we rely on approaches that we have used in the past without pausing to reflect on whether those approaches are the best fit given our learning questions. This grid is intended for use by...
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This checklist is intended for use by USAID and implementing partner staff when developing or reviewing learning questions during monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) planning processes. It can be used to assess the appropriateness of each learning question based on utility, focus, feasibility, and inclusivity....
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CLA and Developmental Evaluations
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This learning note and presentation describes some of the ways the USAID/Honduras funded Transforming Market Systems (TMS) Activity has used the USAID Local Systems Framework to discover, craft interventions, and monitor and evaluate changes in the feedback loops which underlie performance patterns of Honduran market systems.
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This learning note and presentation describes some of the ways the USAID/Honduras funded Transforming Market Systems (TMS) Activity has used the USAID Local Systems Framework to discover, craft interventions, and monitor and evaluate changes in the feedback loops which underlie performance patterns of Honduran market systems.
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Using large-scale surveys to understand context and address learning needs
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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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