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Is the CLA Maturity Matrix finalized? Or is it considered still under development? Are most Feed the Future missions familiar with it?
The CLA Maturity Matrix is still under development. We are still using Version 6 created in December 2015 when working with USAID missions. A version 7 would be released with the updated ADS revisions expected from USAID by the end of this fiscal year. The CLA Maturity Matrix will be available on Learning Lab then, or may be released slightly earlier, as soon as we finalize the accompanying facilitation instructions.
USAID/PPL/LER and its support mechanism, LEARN, are developing a Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Maturity Matrix. This tool is a product of the Agency's greater focus on integrating CLA throughout the Program Cycle since 2010. The CLA Maturity Matrix provides a clear picture of what systematic, intentional, and resourced integration of CLA is throughout the Program Cycle and within a mission’s culture and processes. Here's a blog that explains the CLA framework further.
Wow, realizing now that we probably should have posted several months ago that the CLA Maturity Matrix tool is "finalized." I put that word in quotes because, in the spirit of practicing what we preach on adapting, we anticipate continuing to iterate the tool. We're stopping at Version 7 for now, which you can read about in my blog post: Lucky #7: Meet the Updated CLA Framework, Version 7.
We also have a CLA Framework and Maturity Matrix Overview resource available on the site that you can check out. My one caveat is that the matrix tool is first and foremost a tool for USAID missions. Because the cards are not inexpensive to print and to mail, we are not yet offering copies to outside organizations. We haven't been able to provide them to all of the USAID missions yet, and they are our priority.
As for wider mission familiarity with the matrix, it has certainly been growing since Monalisa's post from last May. Part of that stems from the fact that the tool is referenced in the new ADS 201 Program Cycle Operational Policy (22.214.171.124): "To plan effectively for CLA, teams should reflect on the current state of their learning practice, decide on priority areas of focus, and develop a plan that addresses those priorities. As CLA is a context-dependent and flexible approach, each Missions CLA plan will be different. Missions may use the CLA Maturity Matrix assessment and planning tool to help analyze their current work and decide where to focus future CLA efforts." Missions are then pointed to the same overview reference I've linked above. The matrix tool has also been referenced in many recent USAID webinars about CLA, adaptive management, and the Program Cycle guidance updates more broadly, so word is starting to spread.
If you are working with Missions who are interested in using the tool, please direct them to contact USAID's CLA Team.
Hi Jessica. Thanks for your reply. I am glad to hear the CLA maturity matrix has been finalized. At this point is it possible to send out the link to the matrix cards for downloading and printing. We can the adapt them to our projects in order to self-assess our CLA performance. Thanks!
Hi all...while we are not able to offer physical copies of the full CLA Maturity tool decks to USAID's implementing partners, we now have a digital version of the maturity stages for the CLA Framework subcomponents available upon request. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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