Applied Learning and Program Adaptation: Lessons from Liberia
I spent this summer working with Social Impact’s Liberia Strategic Analysis (LSA) program. LSA uses a range of evaluation approaches and USAID’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) framework to provide utilization-focused research and facilitation to USAID/Liberia to inform strategic and programmatic decision-making. This summer, I practiced the skills needed for applied learning and adaptation and built technical knowledge for my post-conflict development specialization. I designed a Knowledge Management strategy to promote continued learning and scholarship in and outside of the Mission; I collaborated with an evaluation expert to author a rapid education assessment concept note to prepare for the return to school; and with LSA’s Chief of Party, I co-authored a paper (publication forthcoming) that reflects on the application of CLA in post-conflict contexts. By analyzing case study examples from LSA and other post-conflict countries using CLA approaches, we consolidate learnings relevant for both practitioners and academics.