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USAID Contribution

Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning: Evaluation of Program Cycle Implementation

Lynne Miller Franco, Sharon Bean, Tessie Catsambas, Leslie Fox, Jonathan Jones, Lyn Messner, Dana Phelps, Ashley Strahley

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) established the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) in 2010 to return policy and strategy functions to USAID, after these functions had been moved to the U.S. Department of State in 2006. 

PPL engaged EnCompass LLC to assess the effectiveness, utility and extent to which the Bureau’s policies, reforms and activities are influencing Agency planning, programming, operations and budgetary decision-making, especially in Missions. The evaluation was specifically designed to provide PPL with a greater understanding of how well the Program Cycle has been understood, implemented, supported and integrated into organizational culture, and to inform PPL’s strategy for deeper integration and institutionalization of the Program Cycle.

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