How-To Guide

Outcome Harvesting Methods Memo

The Outcome Harvesting Methods Memo is the first in a series of products intended to provide guidance for professionals of all levels to implement stronger CLAME practices. Headlight’s free Methods Memos offer detailed how-to guidance, making best practices more accessible so that we can all uphold and contextualize the standards that lead to rigorous evidence

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The Mission Engagement Playbook

Many Headquarters (HQ) Operating Units at the Agency depend on successful engagement and productive working relationships with Missions. The objective of these partnerships is often to achieve sustained uptake with a given Mission. Sustained uptake is the transference of full ownership and valuation of an innovation, approach, or technical expertise to a Mission, such that

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Implementing Developmental Evaluation for Evaluators and Administrators Guide

Commissioned by USAID and published in 2019, the Implementing Developmental Evaluation: A Practical Guide for Evaluators and Administrators serves as a How-To reference for those trying to navigate the dynamics and complexities of implementing Developmental Evaluations (DEs). Co-written by Headlight’s CEO Rebecca Herrington along with staff at Search For Common Ground; Social Impact, Inc.; The

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Progress Markers Guide

The Progress Markers Facilitation Guide provides instructions and helpful tips on conducting an exercise to identify progress markers for any program or activity where the results occur in the medium to long-term, but where there is a need to track and report on efforts in the short-term. A progress marker is any smaller anticipated action

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Shining through Qualitative Rigor: Practical Application Slide Deck

In this slide deck from the American Evaluation Association’s 2020 Virtual Conference, Headlight’s CEO and Director of Strategic Learning, Rebecca Herrington, shared action-oriented best practices around a commonly critiqued challenge with qualitative evaluation work: rigor.  As researchers and evaluators work to monitor, evaluate, and learn from work in the field, we often collect qualitative data

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Pause & Reflect Workshop Guide

Pause & Reflect Workshops are a tried and true approach to support learning, adaptive management, and strategic planning. In USAID’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Framework, Pause & Reflect falls as a sub-component under the Adapting sphere with the goal of getting a team to step back and reflect on what they have learned as

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