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Monitoring is the ongoing and systematic tracking of data or information relevant to USAID strategies, projects and activities. The analysis of monitoring data informs efforts to manage adaptively and promote accountability.

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How-To Note: Prepare and Maintain a Performance Management Plan (PMP)

03-21-2017 | By USAID LEARN
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How-To Note: Project Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan

06-28-2017 | By USAID PPL
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How-To Note: Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan

11-28-2016 | By USAID LEARN
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Selecting Performance Indicators

12-19-2017 | By USAID LEARN
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Standard Foreign Assistance Indicators

01-19-2018 | By Bureau for Policy
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Connecting the Dots: Systems Practice and Political Economy

Feb 10,2020
By: David Jacobstein and Tjip Walker
This slide deck, from a presentation to the Local Systems Community by Tjip Walker and David Jacobstein, shows various ways in which assessing the political economy of a context and understanding that context through the lens of systems thinking can reinforce each other. Effective systems practice should be grounded in the incentives and ...
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Technical Note on Focus Group Interviews

Jan 14,2020
By: tonyagiannoni
Focus group interviews (also often called focus group discussions) are a key tool for collecting data to support many USAID activities. This data collection technique is widely used in international development planning, monitoring, and evaluation. They are quick, versatile and typically inexpensive, so they can be used with a broad range...
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Tips on Collective Sensemaking

Dec 20,2019
By: David Jacobstein
These tips are part of a series of tips and resources to support context-driven adaptation in programming. For other resources, see the Context-Driven Adaptation Collection at (internal staff version at or the...
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Performance Management Plan (PMP) Task Schedule Guidance and Template

Oct 08,2019
By: saallan
The Performance Management Plan (PMP) Task Schedule provides a comprehensive and interactive schedule of all of the monitoring, evaluation, and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) tasks that will occur over the expected life of the Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS). The Task Schedule helps the Mission ...
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Composite Indicators: An Introduction to Their Development and Use

Aug 30,2019
By: Learning Lab
A composite indicator (or index) combines two or more data sources into a single measure. From the Self-Reliance Metrics to the CSO Sustainability Index, composite indicators are everywhere at USAID. They are in our Country Development Cooperation Strategies and in the Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning plans.This webinar provi...
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Theory of Change Review as an Adaptive Management Tool

Jul 10,2019
By: Nancy Peek
This blog was written by Nancy Peek, M&E Fellow, USAID/KEA/FFP and Laurie Starr, Strategic Learning Advisor, Save the ChildrenIntroductionAdaptive management is a key principle that supports ADS 201 and is described as a structured, iterative process for making decisions in “response to changes in context and new information…...
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Additional Help: Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan Template

Jun 13,2019
By: SLazich
Each activity is required to have an Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Plan to support management of the activity and to inform USAID and the implementing partner about whether and how an activity is making progress toward stated results. The How-To Note: Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan provides an ove...
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How-To Note: Planning and Conducting Site Visits

Jun 06,2019
By: Sharon Lazich
This How-To Note supplements USAID's Automated Directives System (ADS) It lists Agency requirements for programmatic site visits, identifies practical steps and effective practices for planning and conducting a site visit, and recommends follow-up actions once a site visit has taken place. This How-To Note is intended as a res...
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Applications of Forest Monitoring Tools for Development Projects

May 28,2019
By: Lawrence Connell
Recommendations for multilateral funding agencies to increase the use of forest monitoring tools across development sectors, as a matter of policy and practice to meet sustainability goals.
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