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PSE Process Analysis for USAID

USAID has been a leader in private sector engagement (PSE) within the development sector. This wealth of experience informs current USAID practices and processes when engaging the private sector (PS) and is the foundation for the PSE Policy. Through its PSE Policy, USAID has taken a strategic approach to consult, strategize, align, collaborate, and implement...

USAID Higher Education Global Evidence Summit

Join LASER PULSE at the USAID Higher Education Global Evidence Summit in May 2022!

A delegation from the LASER PULSE consortium will be presenting Embedded Research Translation: An Innovative Model for Collaborative Research Impact at the USAID Higher Education Global Evidence Summit. This interactive presentation will be on May 3rd at 9:35am ET. In our session, we will (1) share findings of a rapid literature review on different research...

Embedded Research Translation model highlighted in the LASER PULSE submission to the 2021 USAID CLA Case Competition

Each year USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planing, and Learning (PPL) holds a Collaborate, Learn, and Adapt (CLA) Case Competition. CLA is an approach to operationalize organizational learning and adaptive management throughout a program cycle. The CLA Case Competition is not a call for traditional development success stories, instead it is an opportunity for programs to...

Project Explores Change in Education through a Transformative Learning Collaborative

The current LASER PULSE funded project is a second-generation investigation of implementation of this work. In collaboration with Ministry of Education, Teacher Training Colleges, and Mental Health professionals, we are testing new scalable implementation strategies to integrated the program into national teacher training curriculum, which would benefit more students, teachers, and families. In addition, because...

New Course Announcement: 21st Century Development Research Leadership for Low Income Country Higher Education Institutions

The course is in response to the growing need for LMIC Higher Education Institutions to substantially increase their involvement in national, regional and international development efforts by generating the sort of research and innovations that speak to specific needs of development practitioners, there by accelerating the effectiveness of development interventions. To do so requires institutional...

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Leveraging Blockchain to Transform the African Indigenous Vegetable (AIV) Value Chain in Western Kenya

"Now, I finish my work at 10 am instead of 3pm. … I can use my time to work on other crops, to be [a] better mother and serve the community," explained a local farmer who is a participant in the USAID LASER PULSE project focused on exploring how blockchain technology could improve food security...

New Resources Available to Assist in Research Translation

LASER PULSE is excited to present additional tools and learning modules to Network members that address critical areas in knowledge, understanding, and implementation of Embedded Research Translation. You can find learning modules linked in the titles with accompanying resources linked in the description. View the resources below or as part of our entire catalog of...

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A Visit to Nairobi and the Sasumua River Watershed

Despite the travel related challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Margaret Gitau (PI) and Victoria Garibay (Graduate Research Assistant) made a successful field trip to Kenya as part of the LASER PULSE East Africa Water Security (LPEAWS) Project. The primary purpose of the trip was to meet with directors of water, water resources managers, and...

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LASER PULSE Project Applies Embedded Research Translation Toward Air Pollution in Vietnam

A LASER PULSE Project is employing the Embedded Research Translation (ERT) model to effectively plan for scale and impact. The Avoid the TRAP is a multi-sector collaboration among health, education, and environment representations to minimize the impact of traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) on children in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. At the project kick-off meeting...

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Global Research Challenge in Development (GRCD) RFA

The  Global Research Challenge in Development (GRCD) RFA was released in January 2021, with full applications accepted in April 2021. After a competitive review process that included consensus panels, three applications were selected to move through a second phase of co-creation. The co-creation phase focused on technical style and budgetary items to meet USAID and...

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