CLA Framework, Maturity Tool and Spectrum Handouts

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Date Published:
October 27, 2016
USAID Contribution

USAID/PPL/LER and its support mechanism, LEARN, have developed a Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Framework and Maturity Tool to help USAID missions think more deliberately about how to plan for and implement CLA approaches that fit the mission’s context and assist them in achieving their development objectives.

Using a series of physical cards, the CLA Maturity Tool provides a clear picture of what systematic, intentional, and resourced integration of CLA can look like throughout the Program Cycle and within a mission’s culture and processes. Working through the cards together can catalyze conversations about CLA, and enables you to:

  • Self-Assess: assess the current state of your CLA practice across the dimensions in the matrix
  • Establish Vision: determine the aspirational future state for your CLA practice across the same dimensions
  • Action Plan: through prioritization, identify where and how to focus future efforts to strengthen your CLA practice and develop your CLA Plan
  • Track Progress: gain a snapshot in time and, when repeated in subsequent years, can help you track changes in CLA integration over time

The resources on this page provide an overview of the CLA Framework and Maturity Tool (shown below) as well as example cards from the tool. Watch the short video at the bottom of the page to see the tool in use. Both the framework and the tool have been developed through an iterative, user-driven process and piloted in eight USAID missions and among numerous focus groups for implementing partners. This version, version 7, will continue to be reviewed and updated periodically based on feedback and user experiences.

Though the CLA Maturity Tool card deck is intended for use primarily by USAID missions, the same content is available in the CLA Maturity Spectrum handouts available for download on this page in English, French, Arabic, and Spanish. These handouts combine the five maturity stage descriptions for each subcomponent on one page. For USAID staff interested in receiving a physical copy of the CLA Maturity Tool card deck, please contact [email protected].

Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Maturity Tool

Example of the Continuous Learning and Improvement subcomponent cards from the maturity tool


This looks useful. Is the CLA Maturity Matrix Framework and Tool available to see? Also, does it include indicators for tracking improved CLA outputs or outcomes?

posted 6 years ago
m_matts wrote:

Thanks, Lorene! You can read more about the CLA framework here. We have not yet published the CLA Maturity Matrix on Learning Lab, but will be doing so hopefully by September 2016 along with a facilitation guide. If you or a USAID mission you are working with would like to know more about the tool, please contact us at [email protected].

posted 6 years ago
Uttam wrote:

Is the facilitation guide, as you mentioned in the comment below, available? Would love to have it.

posted 3 years ago
monalisa wrote:

Hi Uttam, you can find facilitator resources here:

posted 3 years ago