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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

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

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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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?

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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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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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

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

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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