Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development (KDAD)

Organizational Development

Project Details:

CLIENT: USAID Bureau for Food Security

REGION: Global

COUNTRY: Global, United States

SERVICE: Organizational Development

SECTOR: Agriculture, Economic Growth, Food Security, Gender

PROJECT LENGTH: October 2013 – September 2018

Project Description

QED is a sub-contractor to Insight Systems Corporation on the USAID funded Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development (KDAD) project. KDAD mobilizes and shares best practices, lessons learned, and effective methods to reduce extreme poverty, hunger, and undernutrition through agriculture-led economic growth. KDAD is the USAID Bureau for Food Security’s (BFS) primary tool for capturing, sharing, and promoting best practices in agriculture, nutrition, and economic development. In addition, the project supports knowledge management (KM) efforts to advance and improve internal and external knowledge sharing and learning among other Agency operating units, including the Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning; the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment; and the Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.

KDAD manages and/or supports the Agrilinks, Feed the Future, Microlinks, and WLSME websites and provides comprehensive KM services including:

• Regular seminars and webinars
• Online discussions
• In-person training courses
• Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) tools and analysis
• Grants Under Contract (GUCs)
• Digital content development and dissemination
• Event management and promotion

Under the previous iteration of the program, Knowledge-Driven Microenterprise Development (KDMD), QED designed and implemented state-of-the-art knowledge management, learning and collaboration tools and approaches while promoting collaboration among practitioners to speed innovation and adoption. The project team developed the aforementioned websites, as well as the USAID Learning Lab, and others. Over the life of the project, these websites attracted over a million views since 2010 and more than 496,000 unique visitors in 191 countries.

QED also provided knowledge and learning services and technical support, which included: formal and informal learning events; blended adult learning solutions; on-line and in-person learning network facilitation; web strategy and deployment; communications, messaging, design, and outreach solutions; grants under contract; support to Evidence Summits and Global Learning and Evidence Exchanges; and assessment and learning tools and approaches. Over the course of five years, KDMD hosted 146 seminars reaching more than 15,700 participants and developed 37 adult learning courses that trained 935 USAID staff and partners. the team collaborated with and supported more than 13 offices and bureaus. Read more about KDMD results by accessing the online final report.