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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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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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Collaborating to Build Local Government Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity in Peru

Aug 17,2018
By: Miriam Choy
USAID’s evaluation policy and the integration of aid effectiveness principles in our work created an important impetus for USAID/Peru to incorporate Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) capacity building as a specific focus of our assistance. As we increasingly worked directly with local partners, it became clear that they needed to im...
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Evaluation Statement of Work Template

Jul 12,2018
By: tonyagiannoni
This updated template may be used as the basis for developing an evaluation Statement of Work (SOW). The template is based on an extensive peer review conducted in 2018 following the release of the Evaluation Toolkit in September 2015. It is designed to be used primarily by USAID staff.The template is only available in Microsoft Word.Othe...
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ENABLE Program Discussion Paper

Jul 05,2018
By: djacobstein
Is a genuinely sustainable, locally-led, politically-smart approach to economic governance and Business Environment Reform possible? Lessons from 10 years implementing ENABLE in NigeriaThis paper examines what it means to be genuinely sustainable, locally-led, and politically-smart, drawing on the successes and failures of the DFID-funded...
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Thinking and Working Politically (TWP) through Applied Political Economy Analysis (PEA): Core Resource Documents

Jun 01,2018
By: Sarah Swift
Thinking and Working Politically: A Guide for Practitioners provides an overview of the process and methodology for applied PEA in use within USAID, and guidance on how PEA can support a broader effort around politically-informed programming. This group of resource documents is intended to accompany the Guide, in helping to...
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Plausible Contribution Memo

May 29,2018
By: Learning Lab
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:What is plausible ...
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