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Landscape Analysis of Learning Agendas: USAID/Washington and Beyond

05-08-2017 | By Laura Ahearn
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She Told Us So (Again): Women tell their COVID-19 Stories

Apr 04,2022
By: Emily Janoch
Women leaders have proven to be a critical part of COVID-19 response—especially when they get support and opportunities to lead. They are sharing information, preventing COVID-19, and using their resources to support other members of their communities. 89% of women in savings groups in Yemen are putting some of their savings to help oth...
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Strengthening Competencies for Evidence-Based Biodiversity Programming

Mar 18,2022
By: Lexine Hanson
Sara Carlson is a Biodiversity and Natural Resources Advisor in USAID's Biodiversity Division and Lexine Hansen and Natalie Dubois support Measuring Impact II, which offers assistance for best practices in adaptive management and the use of evidence and learning across USAID’s biodiversity portfolio.Technical teams, Mission staff, and i...
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COVID-19 Recurring Monitoring Survey: Info Briefs from CARE Bangladesh

Mar 10,2022
By: Learning Lab
Since June 2020, SHOUHARDO III’s Recurring Monitoring Survey (RMS) – implemented by CARE Bangladesh – has been collecting data to identify and track emerging and ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic; including qualitative interviews and focused group discussions, with a specific focus on income levels, coping strategies, an...
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What is a "Learning Review": The Experience of SDRM-SI and USAID/Ethiopia

Mar 04,2022
By: Chelsie Kuhn
What?From March to December 2021, the Strengthening Disaster Risk Management Systems and Institutions (SDRM-SI) Developmental Evaluation (DE), implemented by Headlight Consulting Services, LLC, worked to conduct a Learning Review. The DE team took a Learning Review approach because unlike a desk review or literature review, a Learning Rev...
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Community Led Development (CLD) Tools

Feb 22,2022
By: Learning Lab
Participatory Community LeD-Development (CLD) Assessment Tool The Participatory CLD Assessment Tool creates dialogue among stakeholders through participatory reviews at various stages of the program life cycle. These reviews can help programs assess how their interventions align with the CLD characteristics and enable reviewers and s...
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New Community Led Development Tools Don't Let M&E Walk Alone

Feb 22,2022
By: The Movement for Community-Led Development
Community-led development (CLD) is quickly becoming one of international development’s most prominent buzzwords. International NGOs, private donors, and governments all over the world are examining ways to realign their development efforts with principles that emphasize the role of participants and communities at every point of a progra...
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A 5-Step Process to Develop (or Strengthen) your Theory of Change

Feb 17,2022
By: Monalisa Salib
We are excited to share our Theory of Change Workbook. The workbook was developed for use and road-tested with USAID/Vietnam staff and implementing partners. We have been using it over the last several months to support stronger design and implementation of programming across a variety of technical sectors and it has been refined and fine...
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Theory of Change (TOC) Samples

Feb 15,2022
By: Monalisa Salib
These resources provide fictionalized examples of context- and evidence-driven theories of change. The examples include both the theory of change narrative and the visual known as the logic model. The examples are adapted from a USAID/Vietnam theory of change training delivered in November of 2021.There are two files on this page - one pr...
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Theory of Change Workbook: A Step-by-Step Process for Developing or Strengthening Theories of Change

Feb 15,2022
By: Monalisa Salib
While over time theories of change have become synonymous with simple if/then statements, a strong theory of change should actually be a much more detailed, context-specific articulation of how we *theorize* change will happen under a program. Theories of change should articulate:Outcomes: What is the change we are trying to achieve?Entry...
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