Upcoming Training: Foundations 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 challenges in a structured, responsive, and sustainable way?

We at Headlight are thrilled to announce our first offering of Foundations of CLA, a course designed for beginners looking for an introduction, intermediate practitioners looking to solidify the basics, and everyone in between!

This blog provides a little more background on the upcoming course (registration is live!), and be sure to check back in early 2022 for our blog mini-series drawing on Headlight’s more than 40 cumulative years of experience with CLA and M&E practices and approaches.

(As always, if you just can’t wait, Headlight would love to chat about your Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting needs!)

So, what is this course like?

Headlight Consulting Services has a wealth of information about Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA)—USAID’s approach to organizational learning and adaptive management—and we can’t wait to spark conversation and see how you will put these approaches to use! This virtual course is designed to introduce participants to the CLA framework and provide inspiration, tools and approaches to integrate CLA practices into ongoing work. Led by Monica Matts, Headlight’s Director of Strategic Learning, in this course learn how CLA is relevant and actionable for development professionals of all types.

As a participant, you will take part in three collaborative and engaging half-day sessions. You will learn from real-world examples and your peers and understand how CLA can support and enhance your work in practical ways.

Who should attend?

This course is designed to introduce and solidify the fundamentals of CLA for international development professionals, including staff from headquarters, field offices, local organizations, and in support or technical roles. In short, if you are interested in the basics of CLA, this course is for you!

What will I learn?

By the end of the training, attendees will:

  • Understand the components and subcomponents of the CLA Framework, and how they fit together to support better development results
  • Identify opportunities for using CLA approaches in the context where they work
  • Know where to find resources, tools, and support to integrate CLA approaches on an ongoing basis

When is this training happening?

Training dates: Monday 1/31/2022-Wednesday 2/2/2022,

  • 3 half-day sessions (8:30-11:30 AM EST) conducted virtually
  • Asynchronous assignments to support learning in the live sessions
  • One-time cost for our initial offering: USD 550
  • Space is limited to maximize peer learning, so sign up early to reserve your spot!

Registration will officially close on Monday, 1/24/2022, or when the class reaches capacity

Still have questions? Reach out to us at info@headlightconsultingservices.com

In the meantime

If you’re excited to learn more now, check out Headlight’s overview of MEL (Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning) practices, our Raising the Bar report on design, monitoring, and evaluation, or the rest of our Resources page to see examples of how our focus on collaboration, learning and qualitative rigor informs everything we do.

 If you’re looking for additional support or upskilling around CLA or M&E, Headlight would love to hear from you! We have the breadth and depth of expertise, experience, and toolbox to tailor-meet your needs. For more information about our services please email info@headlightconsultingservices.org. Headlight Consulting Services, LLP is a certified women-owned small business and therefore eligible for sole source procurements. We can be found on the Dynamic Small Business Search or on SAM.gov via our name or DUNS number (081332548). 


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  • StyleDemocracy

    Great content! Keep up the good work!