Learning Activities and Approaches

The following briefs are intended to support USAID Missions and implementing partners as they implement the Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) approach throughout the Program Cycle. These guidance documents draw on experience from the Knowledge-Driven Microenterprise Development (KDMD) project about different concepts and activities related to learning. The resources included in this collection reflect how any project can integrate similar approaches to improve development outcomes.

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Twitter is a form of online communication known as micro-blogging, which allows users to engage and interact with a diverse audience through short messages. Posts on Twitter are known as tweets and are restricted to 140 characters or less. In addition to posting tweets, users can also follow and... read more
September 25, 2013
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Addressing tacit knowledge is critical for effective organizational learning. Although tacit knowledge can be challenging to identify and manage, creating processes and practices that facilitate its capture and transfer can allow organizations to create efficiencies and improve their learning... read more
September 25, 2013
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Peer assists are face-to-face or virtual gatherings that bring colleagues together to share knowledge, best practices, or lessons learned on a particular topic. They can be an extremely useful learning activity to facilitate knowledge sharing, participatory learning, and collective problem solving... read more
September 25, 2013
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Webinars can help bring together a group of individuals in different locations to learn more about a specific topic. They can be used to share highlights from a recent report or book, results from an evaluation or study, opposing viewpoints on a topic of interest, different approaches around a... read more
September 25, 2013
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A blog provides a space for short entries, called posts, on various topics. Blogs are less formal than standard news articles or press releases, and like journal entries, contain personal elements, anecdotes, or opinions. This guidance document provides information on the value of blog posts, how-... read more
September 24, 2013
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USAID's work consists of international collaborations that can now be easily accomplished through virtual meetings and events. Having an effective facilitator for online events helps ensure that the agenda flows smoothly, key messages are conveyed, and participants feel welcomed, connected, and... read more
September 24, 2013
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This guidance provides information on conducting an After-Action Review (AAR), including goals, assumptions/requirements, how-tos, lessons learned/best practice, and resources. It should be used after a project or major activity to allow team members and leaders to discover (learn) what happened... read more
August 21, 2012

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