SI congratulates our staff and partners in USAID/Lebanon and the USAID Global Development Lab for earning recognition in USAID’s 2018 CLA Case Competition. The annual Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Case Competition recognizes innovative examples of CLA in action among USAID missions and implementing partners. The competition drew 127 qualifying entries from USAID missions and operating units and implementing partners around the world.

SI’s work with the USAID/Lebanon Mission on “Refocusing an Economic Growth Strategy through CLA” was named as a finalist in the competition. Through the Performance Management & Support Program for Lebanon contract, SI assisted the Mission in using CLA to rethink and redesign its approach to economic growth. What started as a series of monthly CLA meetings around related topics led to consensus around goals, increased stakeholder buy-in, and better coordination of activities,

SI’s work with the USAID Global Development Lab was also recognized as one of the top 20 finalists. In the case “Using Developmental Evaluation to Reboot Theories of Change” SI’s embedded evaluator at the lab highlighted how the DE, a CLA approach, helped the USAID Digital Finance team revise and expand their theory of change. The process also helped the team support more strategic and data-driven programming. Learn more about the Developmental Evaluation Pilot Activity on our portfolio page.

SI Executive Vice President for Programs Kerry Bruce commented, “I want to congratulate all the Case Competition winners and finalists. It is an honor for us to be recognized among this group of implementers and USAID staff who are making tremendous strides in advancing CLA in global development.”