Learning Matters

By Learning Lab, March 2023

Note from the Learning Lab Team

Learning Lab is hosting a Month and Learn! During the month of March, learn about "Common Challenges in Mid-Course Stocktaking." Topics covered include: 

Mid-course stocktaking starts with defining what key learning questions that need to be answered to continue successful implementation of the country strategy, through evidence and data analysis as well as consultation with implementing partners and other stakeholders. The process includes a reflection workshop to make sense of the data and generate new insights. In this issue of Learning Matters, read about challenges with designing virtual and hybrid learning meetings and get tips and resources to help with successful facilitation.

Visit the Month and Learn page throughout March to see new content and resources related to all the topics listed above (and follow us on Twitter @USAIDLearning)!

Check out the Month and Learn

What We're Excited About This Month!

 Open Letter on Hybrid Facilitation 
In this resource, written in the format of an open letter, you can discover emergent reflections, tips, and considerations from early experiences facilitating hybrid meetings (both jointly in-person and remote). 
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  Mission Examples for Mid-Course Stocktaking: Facilitation Guides
Visit this resource to find a great starting point for learning about approaches and tools for facilitation. Strong facilitators can guide the discussion and expand the group’s understanding of the subject at hand, such as a mid-course stocktaking exercise.
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   Resources for Virtual Facilitation 
Check out this PowerPoint for resources, templates, and inspiration on virtual facilitation.
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Mark Your Calendar!

  • Join USAID, INVEST, and ThirdWay Rural Development Corporation on March 23rd, 9:00-10:00am ET, for a webinar exploring learnings from INVEST’s catalytic funding portfolio: the potential of catalytic funding from donors like USAID, how to approach additionality, and lessons learned to increase impact and scale.
  • Agency Learning and Evidence Month: This month-long virtual series of learning events will highlight how evidence from the 2022 - 2026 USAID Agency Learning Agenda can support the Agency workforce as we further USAID’s policy priorities. Agency Learning and Evidence Month has been designed for all USAID staff, whether in Washington or overseas, to join interactive sessions on priority learning topics (select sessions will also be open to the public by registration). These topics include: Operational Effectiveness; Resilience to Shocks; Climate Change; Anti-Corruption; Migration and Forced Displacement; Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility; Affirmative Development; Locally Led Development; and Partnering for Sustainability. Check this page for future details on timing and registration.

In Case You Missed It!

Find more content and news from Learning Lab and our partners below.
  • Aniefiok Dominic Effiong, with Dexis Consulting, shares his journey in a new blog, "From Novice to Expert: Building Competencies for a Successful CLA Career."
  • Read Kaylynn Palaio's blog on measuring organizational resilience for an update on Pact’s Organizational Performance Index.
  • Discover USAID INVEST's new learning brief on the catalytic funding framework to read about the topic, outcomes, and lessons learned.
  • Read a new blog from Chris Thompson, with Social Impact, on the tradeoffs of external versus internal developmental evaluation.

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