Lab Notes

A genuine fictional interview conducted by David Ratliff with Don Draper on May 24th, 2017. Don Draper is the Creative Director at Sterling Cooper, a fictional advertising agency from the Mad Men television show. David Ratliff is a... read more
Jun 8, 2017
| Learning Lab
USAID Learning Lab is pleased to announce the all-new CLA Toolkit! In it, you’ll find resources you can use to plan and implement key USAID Program Cycle activities related to collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA). What's in it... read more
Jun 7, 2017
| Ian Lathrop
International development work is often criticized for not being locally led or context aware. By encouraging a CLA approach, USAID is creating space for staff and partners to adapt their strategies and projects in response to... read more
Jun 5, 2017
| Learning Lab
As regular readers of this blog series know, in January I started a monthly process of reflecting on the application of the six components of USAID’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Framework in the USAID LEARN Team’s... read more
May 30, 2017
| Learning Lab
If there’s one thing I’ve learned working in development, it’s that everything changes, and good programs anticipate change and roll with it. As a Democracy Specialist in Washington, D.C., with USAID, I see a number of efforts... read more
May 22, 2017
| Learning Lab
This article has been cross-posted from Harvard Business Review. Many of us recognize intellectually that we need others’ knowledge to solve big problems, yet we still lack the motivation to collaborate. Teamwork all too often feels... read more
May 18, 2017
| Learning Lab
Hired as a new Foreign Service Officer (FSO) in 2010, I’ve attended more than my fair share of trainings throughout the years. Some good, some bad, but none that were what one would call... enjoyable. That is until I attended the... read more
May 11, 2017
| Chelsea Kaufman
In September 2016, we published the results of a literature review on the evidence base for collaborating, learning and adapting and stated that we planned to update it on an ongoing basis. If you missed it the first time, read... read more
May 9, 2017
| Learning Lab
MERLIN: U.S. Global Development Lab Evaluation and Impact Assessment from Amy Leo USAID is really trying to think outside the box. During the first in a series of collaborating, learning and adapting in action brown bag sessions... read more
May 3, 2017
| Amy Leo
Do you collaborate, learn, and adapt in your work? We want to hear about it! The submission period for the 2017 Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Case Competition kicks off on Monday, May 1! Who? The competition is open to all... read more
May 1, 2017
| Learning Lab