The USAID/Uganda Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Program, also referred to as The Learning Contract, is a five-year activity that supports the Mission’s Program and Policy Development office. USAID/Uganda contracted QED to implement this program, which provides Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) support services and aims to increase USAID/Uganda’s capacity to implement a Mission-wide Collaboration, Learning and Adapting (CLA) approach.
The CLA approach is a component of USAID/Uganda’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), with the ultimate goal of ensuring the CDCS works as a "living document," providing guidance and reference points not only for implementation but also for learning and course correction as needed. By bolstering USAID/Uganda’s capacity in this domain, the Learning Contract hopes to gradually shape the Mission into an adaptive organization with an emphasis on learning, thereby becoming a more responsive and strategically sound development agency.
Broadly, The Learning Contract delivers work across three areas: 1) strengthening MEL systems; 2) institutionalizing learning and adaptation management practices; and 3) leveraging strategic development partnerships.
Through year two, The Learning Contract has delivered the following results:
- Supported 51 USAID/Uganda tasks
- Engaged 33 local consultants and 28 international consultants
- Managed 30 CDCS development meetings and led 12 CDCS development process events
- Assisted 20 implementing partners in developing Activity MELPlans
- Assessed 26 indicators in formal Data Quality Analysis processes
- Conducted 7 evaluations, 6 special studies, 5 assessments, 3 learning reviews, and 2 organizational network analyses
- Synthesized 12 evaluation reports and supported 8 portfolio reviews
- Organized 5 Child Forum events, and produced 3 Child Forum documents and 2 Child Forum videos
- Supported 6 Uganda Evaluation Association (UEA) events, 5 development networks, and 3 external stakeholder events
- Facilitated 6 staff exit interviews, 4 after-action reviews and 3 performance reviews
- Developed 3 how-to guides
Read the newly-released project report, "The State of the Ugandan Child: An Analytical Overview" (May 2016)
Watch one of the project-produced Child Forum videos, "Hear Us: Ugandan Girls Speak Up #GirlPower" (June 2016)
To learn more about Child Forum activities, visit the Child Forum website
, which provides information on the Learning Contract-facilitated National Forum on the State of the Ugandan Child, as well as the Regional Forums. This site includes additional materials from the events and serve as a platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration for Champions for Children to improve the well-being of the Ugandan Child.