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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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How-To Note: Project Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan

06-28-2017 | By USAID PPL
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How-To Note: Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan

11-28-2016 | By USAID LEARN
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Improving Evaluation Use in Senegal through Recommendations Workshops

08-21-2018 | By Lisa Slifer-Mbacke
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Webinar: How to Monitor Performance Based on a Theory of Change

Apr 30,2019
By: Jerome Gallagher
This webinar is an introduction to performance monitoring at the activity level. It explains some key concepts in performance monitoring and demonstrates how one develops a performance motioning plan based on a project or activity theory of change and its associated logic model. COR/AORs and MEL specialists and anyone else who is wonderin...
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Learning from Evaluation Syntheses

Apr 04,2019
By: tonyagiannoni
This Technical Report focuses on evaluation syntheses as aid for learning and improving the utilization of evidence from evaluations. Decision-makers use such evidence to inform foreign assistance policies, strategies, projects, and activities, and for monitoring and improving evaluation quality. Evaluation syntheses are analytic studies ...
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Developmental Evaluation: A Practical Approach to CLA Implementation

Dec 06,2018
By: Shannon Griswold
How can Developmental Evaluations support Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) in our work? This short briefer illustrates the ways and means Developmental Evaluations can support CLA.
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Adapting Theories of Change: Pause and Reflect to PROTECT Wildlife in Tanzania

Nov 12,2018
By: Thadeus Binamungu
The USAID Promoting Tanzania's Environment, Conservation, and Tourism Activity (USAID PROTECT) addresses dynamics that threaten biodiversity conservation and inhibit private sector-led growth in the natural resources sector. After two years of implementation, it became clear that the Activity's original Theory of Change and the reality of...
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A Proven Approach to Improve Quality of Health Services

Nov 12,2018
By: Talah Al-Turk
The five-year USAID Health Service Delivery is designed to improve health outcomes for women of reproductive age and children under the age of five, including Syrian refugees living in Jordanian host communities. In partnership with the Government of Jordan/Ministry of Health (MOH) and other international and local partner organizations, ...
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Four Takeaways from USAID's First Evaluation Summit

Oct 26,2018
By: Frank Higdon
This post was written by Frank Higdon, Evaluation Team Lead, Office of Learning Evaluation and Research, Bureau for Policy, Planning and LearningAs USAID reorients how we do business to focus on supporting countries on the Journey to Self-Reliance, how can evaluation support that shift and how can we best use the lessons of the past to pr...
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Using Developmental Evaluation to Reboot Theories of Change

Sep 03,2018
By: Rebecca Herrington
In September 2017, the Digital Finance (DFS) team joined others in the U.S. Global Development Lab to participate in a Developmental Evaluation (DE), a CLA approach. The Uptake DE was focused on understanding the Lab’s most effective approaches to sustained uptake and learning from different models. One of the evaluative efforts under t...
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How CLA Improved Cooperation and Livelihoods in Central American Coffee

Sep 03,2018
By: Kate Scaife Diaz
For Central American coffee farmers to achieve lasting income gains, there must be greater coordination between numerous stakeholders in the sector, such as cooperatives, exporters, and financial institutions, to support the investments necessary to improve smallholder productivity. This case study examines the Better Coffee Harvest progr...
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Improving Evaluation Use in Senegal through Recommendations Workshops

Aug 21,2018
By: Lisa Slifer-Mbacke
USAID/Senegal has a broad government to government (G2G) portfolio. Two of the G2G activities were already evaluated and as USAID/Senegal approached its third G2G evaluation, it wanted to reinforce the relationship between the Government of Senegal (GoS) and USAID/Senegal by generating actionable recommendations that would be used to guid...
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