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What is a Developmental Evaluation? (101 Level)

What is a Developmental Evaluation? (101 Level)

By Julie Mandolini-Trummel, CLAME Specialist, and Alison Harrell, CLAME Specialist, Headlight Consulting Services, LLC This blog post is the first in a 3-part series on Developmental Evaluations. In Parts II and III of this blog series, we will explore how to identify if a DE is a good fit for your project/activity and how DE

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Continuing Your Organizational Learning Journey with CLA

Continuing Your Organizational Learning Journey with CLA

By Georgia Handforth, CLAME Associate, Headlight Consulting Services, LLCand Rebecca Askin, Senior CLAME Specialist, Headlight Consulting Services, LLC This blog is the third and final of a three-part mini-series on organizational learning and the Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Framework. This is the third and final post of our three-part mini-series on Collaborating, Learning, and

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Two Tools for Assessing and Leveling Up CLA in Your Everyday Work

Two Tools for Assessing and Leveling Up CLA  in Your Everyday Work

By Georgia Handforth, CLAME Associate, Headlight Consulting Services, LLC This blog is the second of a three-part mini-series on organizational learning and the Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Framework. Welcome back to our mini-series sharing Headlight’s experiences with Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA)! In the first post in this series, we talked about why CLA is

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Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Practice and Insights at Headlight

Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Practice and Insights at Headlight

By Georgia Handforth, CLAME Associate, Headlight Consulting Services, LLC This blog is the first of a three-part mini-series on organizational learning and the Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Framework. Here at Headlight—and for many of our partners and peers—we spend our days digging into development work that is evidence-based, systems-aware, and locally-led. While most people

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Reflections on Writing a USAID Performance Management Plan

Reflections on Writing a USAID Performance Management Plan

By Maxine Secskas,  CLAME Associate, Headlight Consulting Services, LLC This is the second in a 2-part series on USAID Performance Management Plans. This installment in our blog continues the discussion around USAID Performance Management Plans (PMP), begun in our previous post, What is A USAID Performance Management Plan?, which explored the history of PMPs to

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What is a USAID Performance Management Plan?

What is a USAID Performance Management Plan?

By Maxine Secskas,  CLAME Associate, Headlight Consulting Services, LLC This blog post is the first in a 2-part series on USAID Performance Management Plans. This blog post (and a subsequent post reflecting on our recent support in drafting a Performance Management Plan) is intended to inform and offer suggestions from our recent experience for those

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Evaluation Rigor in Action—The Outcome Harvesting Methods Memo

Evaluation Rigor in Action—The Outcome Harvesting Methods Memo

For the last 9 months, we have had something big in the works, and we are finally ready to share it. Headlight Consulting Services has compiled our first Methods Memo to provide guidance for professionals of all levels to implement stronger CLAME practices. This particular piece’s goal is to provide evaluators practical guidance for deciding

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Introduction to Secondary Analysis

Introduction to Secondary Analysis

By: Maxine Secskas, CLAME Associate, Headlight Consulting Services, LLC This blog post is the third in a 3-part series on components of qualitative methods. This blog continues the discussion on how we at Headlight conduct Qualitative Analysis from the previous post called Intro to Primary Analysis. This blog post will build on the information from

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Introduction to Primary Analysis

Introduction to Primary Analysis

By: Maxine Secskas, CLAME Associate, Headlight Consulting Services, LLC This blog post is the second in a 3-part series on components of qualitative methods. This blog post (as well as the previous post with tips on qualitative coding and the upcoming post on Secondary Analysis coming on April 7) is intended to expand on our

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Top 5 More Dos and Don’ts of Qualitative Analysis

Top 5 More Dos and Don’ts of Qualitative Analysis

By: Maxine Secskas, CLAME Associate, Headlight Consulting Services, LLC and Chelsie Kuhn, CLAME Specialist, Headlight Consulting Services, LLC This blog post is the first in a series of 3 posts on components of qualitative methods. Welcome back to Headlight’s educational blog series on all things collaborating, learning, adapting, monitoring, and evaluation (CLAME). You may have noticed

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Upcoming Training: Fundamentals of Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA)

Upcoming Training: Fundamentals of Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA)

By: Monica Matts, Director of Strategic Learning, Headlight Consulting Services, LLP, and Georgia Handforth, CLAME Associate, Headlight Consulting Services, LLP Stay tuned for a blog mini-series on Headlight’s approach to all things CLA and M&E, coming early 2022! Are you interested in improving your skills around knowledge management, working with others, and tackling complex development

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Learning Reviews: Using What You Already Know

Learning Reviews: Using What You Already Know

By: Chelsie Kuhn, MEL Associate, Headlight Consulting Services, LLP This is the second post in a series of two about Learning Reviews. So you’ve decided it’s time to use a Learning Review? As a refresher, a Learning Review is a way to systematically look at past assessments, evaluations, reports, and any other learning documentation in

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A Quick Overview: Differences Among Desk, Literature, and Learning Reviews

A Quick Overview: Differences Among Desk, Literature, and Learning Reviews

By: Chelsie Kuhn, MEL Associate, Headlight Consulting Services, LLP This is the first post in a series of two about Learning Reviews. In order to chart the wisest path forward, we need to understand where we have been. Reflecting on past learning can ensure more effective and efficient efforts in the future, regardless of discipline

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Establishing Evaluation Offices Part 3

Establishing Evaluation Offices Part 3

By: Cindy Clapp-Wincek, Senior Evaluation Advisor How to balance evaluation with other types of evidence We ended the first blog in this series talking about the ups and downs of evaluation as a Federal agency priority. Sometimes evaluation is traded off for and put at odds with implementation. I remember when a manager involved in budget

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Establishing Evaluation Offices Part 2

Establishing Evaluation Offices Part 2

By: Cindy Clapp-Wincek, Senior Evaluation Advisor What can help to build an agency culture that values, conducts, and uses evaluations? Particularly for an agency that has not had evaluation before, strengthening evaluation knowledge and culture can be an uphill climb. I have recently worked with an agency that had not been doing monitoring or evaluation

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Establishing Evaluation Offices Part 1

Establishing Evaluation Offices Part 1

By: Cindy Clapp-Wincek, Senior Evaluation Advisor Evaluation has now been around a good long time. Some Federal evaluation offices have been around for decades, some agencies do not yet have evaluation offices, and some agencies have had evaluation offices that have started and stopped. In any of these contexts, there are enduring issues. What choices

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Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendations Matrices

Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendations Matrices

By: Chelsie Kuhn, MEL Associate, Headlight Consulting Services, LLP This blog post is the last in a series about qualitative methods. Up to this point, our series has covered thoughts on qualitative rigor truths, things to keep in mind for implementation, and recommendations to help with qualitative data analysis software and coding setup considerations. To

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Top 5 Dos and Don’ts of Qualitative Analysis

Top 5 Dos and Don’ts of Qualitative Analysis

By: Chelsie Kuhn, MEL Associate, Headlight Consulting Services, LLP In full disclosure, prior to joining Headlight, I was a quantitative methodologist who had some experience building surveys, building quantitative datasets from secondary sources, and running statistical analyses. When I started, I had facilitated a few semi-structured interviews and focus groups to gather data, but I

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Choosing the Right Qualitative Analysis Software

Choosing the Right Qualitative Analysis Software

By: Chelsie Kuhn, MEL Associate, Headlight Consulting Services, LLP To facilitate the implementation of recommendations from our last post on Qualitative Rigor, we thought it might be helpful to offer up some considerations for choosing a qualitative analysis software before getting further into the process. Qualitative analysis software allows researchers and evaluators to better organize,

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Designing Rigorous Qualitative Practice (part 2)

Designing Rigorous Qualitative Practice (part 2)

By: Rebecca Herrington Picking up where we left off last time with Qualitative Rigor in Design, this week’s blog focuses on ensuring Qualitative Rigor in Implementation, Data Cleaning, and Analysis. If you have not had time to read our first blog on Qualitative Rigor, we highly recommend that you start there as it lays out

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