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Activity Design & Implementation

USAID implements its strategies and projects through activity design and implementation. An activity carries out an intervention or set of interventions, typically though an implementing mechanism such as a contract, assistance program, or partnership.

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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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Institutional Capacity Development through an Integrated Needs-Based Practical Approach

Jan 31,2022
By: Mariam Taha
This resource shares how World Learning and the QITABI 2 project created a blended approach to provide partners with a roadmap to ultimate system strengthening using USAID's organizational capacity assessment (OCA) tool, human and institutional capacity development (HICD) framework, and a Feasibility Index. The OCA allowed for q...
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How-To Note: Strategy-Level Portfolio Review

Nov 22,2021
By: USAID Bureau for Policy
This updated How-To Note supplements ADS 201.3.2.18. It presents guidelines and recommended practices in planning and implementing a Mission-wide strategy-level portfolio review. These guidelines and practices can also be adapted for Washington-based Operating Unit portfolio reviews as well as project- and activity-level reviews conducted...
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Discussion Note: Making Evidence Accessible through Evaluation Synthesis

Oct 31,2021
By: tonyagiannoni
 Evaluation syntheses are analytic reviews of evaluations that aggregate findings from evaluation reports and/or examine the quality of the evaluations reviewed. This Discussion Note, Making Evidence Accessible through Evaluation Synthesis, focuses on two common types of evaluation syntheses that USAID commissions: meta-evaluati...
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Piloting CLA Awards in The Philippines

Jul 26,2021
By: Martin Nañawa
Pilot builds on CLA best practicesPanagora Group holds the USAID CLAimHealth contract, which supports the agency to effectively implement its health portfolio in the Philippines through high-quality monitoring and evaluation data, continuous learning, and adaptive management.Following four years of robust activities to raise awareness and...
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Adaptive management: A practical guide to mitigating uncertainty and advancing evidence-based programming

Jan 25,2021
By: Alysson Akiko Oakley
Pact’s Adaptive Management Guide provides practical guidance to development practitioners globally on the mindsets, behaviors, resources, and processes that underpin an effective adaptive management system. It presents an approach to managing adaptively that is rooted in complexity analysis and program theory. It draws on Pact’s globa...
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Streamlining of Automated Directives System (ADS) Chapter 201

Dec 02,2020
By: USAID/PPL
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa has streamlined Chapter 201 of our ADS, Program Cycle Operational Policy, to shift our emphasis from bureaucracy to the real work of supporting development progress.  The reformed policy responds to calls from the field to streamline the Agency’s proc...
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ADS 201, Program Cycle Operational Policy, Key Requirements

Dec 02,2020
By: USAID/PPL
This 10-page document summarizes key "musts" (requirements) and "shoulds" (best practices) in the revision of ADS 201 that was codified on October 28, 2020.
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