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After Action Review Guide


This five-page resource, developed by UNICEF as part of their Knowledge Exchange Toolbox, provides an overview of after-action reviews (AARs).

USAID recommends conducting AARs as an opportunity to "reflect on progress" of achieving results related to strategies, activities, or other Program-Cycle related processes: "These opportunities could focus on challenges and successes in implementation to date, changes in the operating environment or context that could affect programming, opportunities to collaborate or influence other actors, emerging risks that threaten the achievement of objectives, and/or other relevant topics" (ADS.

The resource by UNICEF covers the following:

  • What are AARS
  • When should AARs be conducted, and why
  • How to plan and conduct an AAR
  • Tips for success
  • Variations on the AAR model

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