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Mid-Course Stocktaking Module and Overview

Stocktakings assess strategy-level results on a cumulative basis, as well as changes in context or opportunity that could result in updates to strategy implementation. USAID Missions must conduct at least one CDCS Mid-Course Stocktaking (MCST) during the life of the strategy as required by ADS, a.

MCST is a Mission-driven process. There are many ways to approach MCST planning, and sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. The Mid-Course Stocktaking Module is a one-stop-shop for sample agendas, design tools and words of wisdom from Missions that have been there before.

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Explore the resources below to assist you in finding the right information for your needs at any given stage of the MCST process.

Mission Examples

Guidance and Policy





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For further background on the MCST process at USAID, explore the MCST module. Start by using this decision tree to identify the module content that will be most helpful to you right now.

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What is Stocktaking?

How Stocktakings Benefit Missions

The Way Forward

Assemble the Team

Planning Steps

Conducting the Stocktaking and Case Studies

Defining Objectives

Defining Objectives: Key Questions

Info Gathering and Analysis

Who Should be Involved, How, and When

Key Questions Regarding the Process