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Monitoring is the ongoing and systematic tracking of data or information relevant to USAID strategies, projects and activities. The analysis of monitoring data informs efforts to manage adaptively and promote accountability.

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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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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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Selecting Performance Indicators

12-19-2017 | By USAID LEARN
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Standard Foreign Assistance Indicators

01-19-2018 | By Bureau for Policy
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Third-Party Monitoring in Non-Permissive Environments

Oct 15,2020
By: tmayo
The Discussion Note defines Third-Party Monitoring (TPM) and provides information on key considerations when utilizing it. Created using interviews with TPM practitioners and USAID managers, the Discussion note provides suggestions for how to most effectively utilize TPM, how to design TPM systems, and important ethical considerations whe...
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CLA Through Data Management Systems: A Tale of Two Projects

Sep 04,2020
By: Rafael Pilliard-Hellwig
At FHI 360, we have been engaged in thinking about how to make our collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) efforts intentional, systematic, and resourced. Many workshops have hinged around the question is our CLA as institutionalized as it could be? We’ve seen that if we repeatedly ask, “why not,” the topic of enabling conditions...

What are the ethical implications of using Third-Party Monitoring?

Aug 11,2020
By: Sonja Schmidt
What do you do when you are an A/COR and unable to visit your activity’s sites because they are located in insecure areas or because your mission has restricted all travel due to COVID-19?  Would Third-Party Monitoring (TPM) help you to fulfill your oversight responsibilities? This blog post provides a brief description of TPM and ...
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Guide For Adopting Remote Monitoring Approaches During COVID-19

Jul 17,2020
By: Learning Lab
USAID maintains staff and operations in more than 80 countries around the world, all of which the COVID-19 pandemic will disrupt. USAID remains committed to protecting the health and safety of our staff, while continuing appropriate oversight of our programs and ensuring the accountable and effective use of U.S. taxpayer funds.In the...
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A Commissioner's Guide to Probability Sampling for Surveys at USAID

Jun 05,2020
By: Julie Uwimana; Jennifer Kuzara
Sampling is the process of studying a subset of a population for the purposes of describing or testing questions about a whole population. At USAID, sampling may be used to collect data for baselines, evaluations (both impact evaluations and performance evaluations), assessments that require survey data, and in some cases in indicator rep...
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The Program Cycle Learning Study

Apr 28,2020
By: Laura Ahearn
The Program Cycle Learning Study (PCLS) used a qualitative case study approach to provide a systematic and holistic understanding of how four Missions understand and implement the Program Cycle. The study offers examples of how Missions implement the Program Cycle on a day-to-day basis and provides evidence and insight into the effects of...
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Connecting the Dots: Systems Practice and Political Economy

Feb 10,2020
By: David Jacobstein and Tjip Walker
This slide deck, from a presentation to the Local Systems Community by Tjip Walker and David Jacobstein, shows various ways in which assessing the political economy of a context and understanding that context through the lens of systems thinking can reinforce each other. Effective systems practice should be grounded in the incentives and ...
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Technical Note on Focus Group Interviews

Jan 14,2020
By: tonyagiannoni
Focus group interviews (also often called focus group discussions) are a key tool for collecting data to support many USAID activities. This data collection technique is widely used in international development planning, monitoring, and evaluation. They are quick, versatile and typically inexpensive, so they can be used with a broad range...
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Tips on Collective Sensemaking

Dec 20,2019
By: David Jacobstein
These tips are part of a series of tips and resources to support context-driven adaptation in programming. For other resources, see the Context-Driven Adaptation Collection at (internal staff version at or the...
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