Ensuring that knowledge and lessons learned are used for greater development impact.
A learning culture enables U.S. foreign assistance agencies and partners to be more effective in their work, increase their development impact, and evolve to meet new challenges. Donors recognize why systematic learning approaches should be integrated into their work but need to develop strategies for how to do so.
Through the LEARN contract, Dexis provides USAID with analytical and demand-based support for its collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) efforts. Through core funding from the USAID Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning (PPL) as well as more than 30 project buy-ins from missions around the world, LEARN is USAID’s flagship initiative to support organizational learning and capacity building to become more knowledge-driven and responsive; help USAID transform itself into an extended learning organization; and improve the self-reliance of its stakeholders around the world through systematic, intentional, and resourced learning and knowledge management.
Driven by LEARN’s commitment to “walk the talk” of CLA by adopting the tools, practices, and approaches it promotes, the team engages with more than 60 missions and 12 Washington, D.C–based USAID operating units to develop a range of CLA tools, practices, and capacity. LEARN supports missions to integrate CLA into program cycle processes including country development cooperation strategy (CDCS) development, portfolio reviews, midcourse stocktaking, CLA, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning plan development. The program promotes the use of practical tools and approaches for tacit and explicit knowledge capture, synthesis, and sharing by developing, managing, and curating knowledge-sharing platforms, resources, and processes.
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