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Connecting People and Ideas for Integrated Development

Adaptive Management Theory and Practice for International Development

When: March 16-20, 2020 Postponed to Fall 2020.

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Where: Washington DC

Course Overview

Adaptive management (AM) is a hot topic in the international development and humanitarian sector. It is widely regarded by donors and practitioners as necessary to effectively implementing programs in complex and volatile environments.

  • What does adaptive management actually mean?
  • How do we use adaptive management across different types of programs?
  • What are specific tools and approaches of Adaptive Management?

Length: 5-days

Format: Dynamic lectures, expert guests, real-life examples, practical tools, and collaborative exercises.

Who should take this course: Mid to senior staff working for implementers and grantees of USAID, The World Bank, and other donors

Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • 1. Define and explain the value of Adaptive Management as a systematic program design-to-evaluation approach to more impactful project design, implementation, and organizational learning.
  • 2. Identify appropriate and specific adaptive frameworks and tools to propose, use, and promote for more effective and evidence-based development and humanitarian programming.
  • 3. Demonstrate how effective and adaptive Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) can lead to improved Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA).

Course Components

Day 1 (1/2 day): Introduction to Adaptive Management theory

Day 2: Adaptive program design

Day 3: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning for Adaptive Management

Day 4: Adaptive program implementation with case studies

Day 5 (1/2 day): Tools, resources, and tips to integrate adaptive practices