At the second annual USAID Moving the Needle event, USAID’s Policy, Planning, and Learning (PPL) staff formally announced QED’s entry, titled “Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Training,” as the third place winner for “Fan Favorite” of the 2016 USAID Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Case Competition. This was the outcome of a month-long voting period for the USAID Learning Lab global community, who voted for their favorite CLA case study among 15 selected finalists. These finalists were selected out of a total of 63 entries from across the world by a panel of USAID PPL judges.
QED’s entry featured an example from our USAID/Uganda Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Program (The Learning Contract). The case study described the program’s application of CLA principles, and how the project helps development practitioners move from defining CLA to experiencing CLA. The Learning Contract has helped USAID/Uganda embed the principles of collaboration, learning and adaptation across the program cycle of all of the Mission’s programs, making CLA part of its organizational and development practice. Thanks to Stuart Belle, the program’s Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning Advisor, and the entire Learning Contract project team for this winning case study and for their commitment to implementing CLA principles.
All winning entries, including the five top winners, were featured at the Moving the Needle event, which brought together USAID staff and implementing partners offering practical examples of collaboration, learning and adapting in USAID programs and operations. The 2016 CLA Case Competition presented an opportunity for participants to promote their work and share best practices to enable progress and a better understanding of CLA as it continues to evolve.