Learning Labs and Satellites

Learning Labs and Satellites are Country Offices, Regions or Global programs that have made a commitment to advance the programmatic shift at CARE in their own contexts. Ideally, each Learning Lab has 1-2 Satellites associated with it, however, for those Learning Labs that are currently without Satellites, Satellites will be identified in the near future.The leaders of the programmatic shift in the Learning Labs and Satellites are in essence a Community of Practice. They share a common interest and face similar challenges. So, in order to create closer connections between and among the different leaders, a Listserve that consists of practitioners throughout CARE has been established. This resource will enable leaders of the shift to ask each other questions and share their experiences with one another.For a list of the members of this listserve, click here.

If you would like to know how much progress a Learning Lab or Satellite have made in making the shift, click on the country in the table below

Learning Laboratories
Other CO's
Country Offices



Tanzania, Burundi
Uganda, Rwanda

Zambia, Mozambique

Niger, Gulf of Guinea
Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Cameroun, Tchad
Sri Lanka

Region or Sub-region

Latin America and the Caribbean

South East Asia (Laos, Vietnam)

Signature Programs

Access Africa
Mothers Matter
Power Within

Global Sector


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Learning Lab Responsibilities

Learning Labs specifically have the following minimum set of obligations:

1. To Enact and test the eight characteristics of a program approach, including:
  • Measure progress against each of the characteristics, and test indicators and systems of measurement for program quality
  • Document learnings from this experience that can easily be shared

2. To assist satellites to adopt proven practices, and to learn from them, including:
  • Hosting satellite staff on cross visits, in workshops, and in training events
  • Listening to and learning from satellite staff about the quality and usefulness of the knowledge being produced and disseminated
  • Engaging in ongoing conversation – via email, listserve, or other distance learning technology – on a regular basis

3. To test alignments between signature, regional, and global sectoral programs and business units. ‘Alignment’ means that there will need to be common agreement on the role of the signature, sectoral or regional program vis-à-vis the learning laboratory in question.

4. To the region to maintain relationships and exchanges with regional learning teams and with DRDs for program quality and program support

5. To test a holistic organizational performance measurement system
  • Operationalize and contextualize an agreed set of high-level organizational performance measures relating to impact, quality and program support.
  • To design, implement, and measure impacts of programs
  • Conduct a baseline survey against these indicators.
  • Set up a learning system that will ensure reflection and improvement from the indicators.

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Satellite Responsibilities

The satellites have specific obligations:
1. To the learning lab
  • Apply and/or replicate ideas and/or practices and capture the lessons learned.
  • Maintain sharing in both directions.
  • Pay careful attention to what is different in context, process, method, and outcome when replicating a practice or idea and documenting it.
  • Feed back in a timely and effective manner to the LL. Staff exchanges or collective reflective learning events are two examples of ways to share experiences as they occur.

2. To the region –
  • Maintain relationships and dialogue with regional learning teams, playing a particularly important role in helping create knowledge products and processes for others.

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For a compiled list of action plans, refer to the document provided below. For a high-level overview of CARE USA's plans for improving program quality and impact measurement and learning, refer to the two "Project Briefs" below.

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