Announcing the New USAID Learning Lab!
USAID's Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning’s Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research (PPL/LER) is pleased to announce USAID's Learning Lab website! The new site consolidates LER's previous learning initiatives (such as the Learning Lab Library and Strengthening Technical Practice), with expanded interactive features.
This is USAID's online collaborative learning community of development professionals. On the new site you will be able to create, share, refine, and apply practical learning approaches that will help us all maximize development outcomes.
Please note that all of LER’s previous learning initiatives will be permanently redirected to the new Learning Lab on Thursday, January 31.
Learning Lab is currently being upgraded to build in interactive functionality integrated with the existing content library. The upgraded Learning Lab site, ready in early 2013, will have two main purposes. It will facilitate USAID staff and partners in jointly discussing and shaping how Program Cycle processes are operationalized in the field (for example, how implementing partners within a single project will coordinate, how Mission staff will manage that coordination, what Agency-level supports — such as mutually referential funding agreements — are needed, etc.). It will facilitate USAID staff and partners in integrating models and methods for collaboration, continuous learning and adaptive implementation and management throughout the Program Cycle for more effective programs.
Therefore, we anticipate using Learning Lab in several ways:
- To collect and share practical resources to help USAID staff, partners and others enhance the ways they already collaborate, learn and adapt.
- To provide a forum where Learning Lab users can share their experiences and support each other's efforts to operationalize a more dynamic/adaptive approach to development interventions.
- To promote testing, refinement and scaling of innovative approaches that substitute traditional direct implementation and service delivery with a strong emphasis on facilitating learning among local development actors in order to build their capacity for analyzing the systems in which they function, articulating a contextually specific response, mobilizing local resources, and generally defining and driving their own development agenda.
- To generate collective learning that will contribute to the broader international development arena, inform other actors' decisions, and generally improve the field of international development.
We recommend you start with the USAID Program Cycle Learning Guide to become familiar with collaborating, learning and adapting approaches and how to integrate them throughout the Program Cycle.