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Evaluation is the systematic collection and analysis of information about the characteristics and outcomes of strategies, projects, and activities conducted as a basis for judgments to improve effectiveness, and timed to inform decisions about current and future programming. Evaluation is distinct from assessment or an informal review of projects or activities. Evaluations at USAID include impact evaluations and performance evaluations.

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ADS 201, Program Cycle Operational Policy, Key Requirements

12-02-2020 | By USAID/PPL
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How-To Note: Prepare and Maintain a Performance Management Plan (PMP)

12-03-2020 | By USAID Learning Lab
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PSE MEL: Standard Agency PSE Indicators and Harmonizing Indicator Tool

Sep 23,2021
By: Learning Lab
Under its Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Policy, USAID is working hand-in-hand with the private sector to design and deliver development and humanitarian programs across all sectors, and to harness resources to open markets and other opportunities for U.S. businesses. The USAID PSE Evidence and Learning Plan, launched in 2019, champions ...
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A New Study Highlights 10 Years of Developmental Evaluation at USAID

Aug 05,2021
By: Chris Thompson
The spread of new monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) approaches reflects the uptake process for research findings in general: it takes time, intention, and effort for knowledge to be disseminated, adopted, and used.A new study by USAID/Indonesia’s Developmental Evaluation (DE) for USAID Jalin highlights the Agency’s own d...
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Ten Years of USAID Developmental Evaluation

Aug 05,2021
By: Learning Lab
The use of development evaluation (DE) has grown substantially over the last decade because of its emphasis on learning and informing adaptation and decision-making. In October 2019, USAID included DE as a form of performance evaluation in its Operational Policy for the Program Cycle (ADS 201).To complement this new branch of evaluation s...
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Additional Help: Data Quality Assessment Checklist (DQA)

May 06,2021
By: USAID LEARN
This document provides users with access to a data quality assessment checklist which can be used by Operating Units when creating data quality assessments. The checklist is intended to assist in assessing each of the five aspects of data quality and provide a convenient manner in which to document the Operating Unit's data quality assess...
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Example Streamlined Performance Management Plan (PMP)

May 04,2021
By: USAID Bureau for Policy Planning and Learning
This PMP is an illustrative example intended to provide ideas for how Missions can utilize the revised ADS 201 requirements for PMPs, found in section 201.3.2.15. A key revision to PMPs is the new requirement to identify learning priorities with plans for how to address them through monitoring, evaluation, and CLA. The hypothetical East T...
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Adaptive management: A practical guide to mitigating uncertainty and advancing evidence-based programming

Jan 25,2021
By: Alysson Akiko Oakley
Pact’s Adaptive Management Guide provides practical guidance to development practitioners globally on the mindsets, behaviors, resources, and processes that underpin an effective adaptive management system. It presents an approach to managing adaptively that is rooted in complexity analysis and program theory. It draws on Pact’s globa...
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Let's Get Meta: Learning how to Learn from Evaluations

Dec 22,2020
By: Carla Trippe
Insights from a Meta-Evaluation of USAID/Liberia's Portfolio from 2016-2020As Social Impact’s (SI) five-year Liberia Strategic Analysis (LSA) contract facilitating data-driven decision making with USAID/Liberia comes to an end, we took a step back to synthesize 31 evaluations and assessments conducted between 2016 and 2020 into one meta...
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How-To Note: Prepare and Maintain a Performance Management Plan (PMP)

Dec 03,2020
By: USAID Learning Lab
A Performance Management Plan (PMP) is a Mission-wide tool for planning and managing the process of (1) monitoring strategic progress, project performance, programmatic assumptions, and operational context; (2) evaluating performance and impact; and (3) learning and adapting from evidence. Each Mission must prepare a Mission-wide PMP...
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IEG Knowledge Series - Data-Sensing & Data Mapping Tools

Dec 02,2020
By: alejin90
This webinar was focused on understanding tools and technologies as well as limitations in data sensing and data mapping tools that can help the development and M&E practitioners collect needed data. In this webinar practitioners from Atlas AI, a private sector company, World Bank’s Development Data Group (DEC) and the Independent E...
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