Learning Matters

By Learning Lab, January 2023

Note from the Learning Lab Team

Data are critical for decision making at USAID and inform communication to development stakeholders, such as host country counterparts, other USG colleagues, and the public at large. USAID goes to great lengths to ensure use of collected data, whether to inform activity implementation or to make strategy adjustments in mission portfolio reviews. Data are indispensable to annual reporting to Congress, which includes the Performance Plan and Report. Data can also be important for future use when the public or USAID staff need to access data for reanalysis.

To ensure data utilization, it’s important to have processes and structures in place to support staff in analyzing, making sense of, and using data. This month, we’re excited about USAID Learning Lab resources that can connect your data to decision-making. Discover some of our resources below!

Discover Data Resources

What We're Excited About This Month!

 Three Solutions for Getting Teams to Actually Use their Data
Check out this blog to learn how facilitating fun and engaging group reflection can enable teams to interpret their data, build team cohesion, and take collective action.
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  Emerging Guidance Quick Guide on Use of Data in Mid-course Stocktakings and Portfolio Reviews 
This quick guide is emergent thinking on the use of data in strategy-level portfolio reviews and Mid-course Stocktakings. Discover guidance, tools, and considerations for your strategy-level pause and reflect moments.
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  Data Placemat Resources for R/CDCS Mid-course Stocktakings and Portfolio Reviews
A data placemat is a single sheet of paper that presents a collection of data visualizations (i.e., charts, graphs, tables) about a specific theme or category using an intentional structure. This suite of data placemat resources provides tools and guidance to facilitate data-driven discussions!
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  Increasing Data Utilization through USAID Data Portals
USAID Data Services provides a broad portfolio of products and services specifically designed to help USAID staff and partners improve development outcomes through the use of data and information. Check out the data portals listed on the USAID site, Aidscape, to gather helpful U.S. foreign assistance data, international socioeconomic data, and data-driven analysis.
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Mark Your Calendar!

  • USAID's Agency Learning and Evidence Week is coming in early spring 2023! This flagship event will provide opportunities to exchange evidence across geographic and sectoral silos, and to engage insights from USAID partners and global thought leaders to support the use of evidence in Agency decision making. Visit the event page for more information. Registration details coming soon!
  • Acute Incite and Humentum are hosting a training event on Integrative Effective CLA Plan into USAID Awards

In Case You Missed It!

Find more content and news from Learning Lab and our partners below.
  • USAID Data Services in partnership with others published a fact sheet and brief on Practical InnoVative On-the-Job Technical Assistance (PIVOT).
  • Sarah Mixon, with the International Republican Institute, published a blog on designing training for greater impact and adapting best practices for DRG practitioners.

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