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LINC Wins USAID’s 2023 CLA Case Competition

LINC Wins USAID’s 2023 CLA Case Competition

The case showcases collaboration between the Mission and partners, and novel learning approaches.

WASHINGTON, DC – USAID/Mexico and LINC’s case is one of the winners of USAID’s 2023 CLA Case Competition, the USAID Learning Lab announced on September 25, 2023. The activities showcased in the case are conducted under the Monitoring and Evaluation Support for Adaptation (MESA) Activity, implemented by LINC and its Mexican partner, SIMO Consulting.

The competition, organized by USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL)’s CLA Team, seeks to capture real-life examples of USAID staff and partners using a Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) approach, and “to help inform adaptive approaches to localization, climate change, equity issues, and other contextual challenges.”

The USAID/Mexico and LINC case, USAID/Mexico Unlocks the Door for More Innovative MEL Approaches, showcases how the Mission’s Program Office and the MESA team worked to design a novel process for updating and disseminating the Mission’s Performance Management Plan (PMP), and to effectively engage Mission staff in its design and use, reflecting two CLA sub-components: “M&E for Learning” and “Continuous Learning & Improvement”.

“We are very proud that our collaborative approach increased use of the PMP and happy to share our ideas with others through this competition” said Rich Fromer, LINC’s co-founder and Chief of Party for MESA. “At LINC, we have had great results by testing innovative approaches that adapt to the particular context of the activity at hand. This recognition pushes us to continue doing that.” He added. “This case also highlights how collaboration between USAID’s Program Office and its implementing partners can result in effective outcomes.” Fromer concluded.

Per USAID’s announcement, 154 cases were submitted and nine were recognized as winners. Our congratulations to everyone who submitted cases and are encouraging widespread use of CLA practices.


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