International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

CDA Collaborative Learning Projects Inc

Practical learning for International Action

aka CDA Collaborative   |   Cambridge, MA   |  https://www.cdacollaborative.org

Mission

CDA is committed to improving the effectiveness of those who work to provide humanitarian assistance, engage in peace practice, support sustainable development, and conduct corporate operations in a socially responsible manner. We combine rigorous analysis with pragmatic field-level work and deliver practical tools to field staff and policymakers alike.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Polly Byers

Main address

255 Main Street 8th Floor

Cambridge, MA 02142 USA

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Formerly known as

Collaborative for Development Action

EIN

56-2339052

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (Q19)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CDA uses ethical methods, rigorous analysis and locally-led processes to learn from those most affected by conflict produce useful tools for policymakers and practitioners to inform policy.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Stopping as Success

In partnership with PeaceDirect, Search for Common Ground and funded through USAID, Stopping as Success (SaS) uses case study methodology to evaluate international aid exits.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

While the peacebuilding field has made meaningful strides developing innovative strategies to measure and learn from its current practices and programs, many of the fundamental challenges of peacebuilding evaluation are based on funding structures and systems which are beyond the capacity of any one actor to change. As a result, advancing the field of peacebuilding evaluation requires a whole-of-community effort. In response to this reality, the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP), Besa: Catalyzing Change, CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, Mercy Corps, and Search for Common Ground (SFCG), and formerly the Center for Peacebuilding and Development and the US Institute of Peace, partner together on the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium—a field-wide effort to address the unique challenges to measuring and learning from peacebuilding programs.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Funded by Humanity United, this project uses case study methodology to examine the role and effectiveness of peacebuilding networks and coalitions towards achieving greater impact on conflict systems.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

CDA helps companies to improve their social impacts, support development in communities they affect, and operate in ways that strengthen their relationships with those communities. CDA works on a bi-lateral partnership basis with individual companies, and also works in multi-stakeholder initiatives to advance public understanding of corporate social impacts and their mitigation.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

InterAction - Member

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

A future where communities and nations demonstrate resilience, drive their own development, and resolve conflicts without resorting to armed violence.

Supporting the application of lessons from collaborative learning processes to improve effective and accountable engagements that result in significant, positive, lasting change for people and societies.

CDA is widely recognized for its established expertise in the professional fields of Accountability and Feedback Loops, Conflict Sensitivity/Do No Harm, Peacebuilding Effectiveness, and Responsible Business.<br/><br/>Our expertise is rooted in evidence-based collaborative learning projects, and in the extensive advisory work, that we have completed and continue to perform. Throughout the years we have worked in more than seventy conflict-affected and fragile contexts!

Every practical implementation of Do No Harm and peacebuilding effectiveness, improved monitoring and evaluation practices, and businesses adopting conflict sensitivity practices is an measure of success for CDA.

For almost twenty years, CDA has provided services in relation to accountability and feedback loops, conflict sensitivity/Do No Harm, peacebuilding effectiveness, and responsible business. We have worked in more than 70 conflict-affected and fragile contexts, and support development, humanitarian, and peacebuilding agencies, as well as private sector companies, to improve the impacts of their operations. Our services, guidance, and tools are grounded in field experience, enable organizations to learn with and from each other, are oriented towards practical application, are broadly relevant across many contexts CDA’s expertise on effective engagement in complex situations is more relevant today than ever. Addressing the cascade of crisis, from Syria and South Sudan, to Yemen and Myanmar, along with increased global fragility and rapidly evolving forms of political violence, requires the context-specific and practical tools CDA has honed over two decades.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CDA Collaborative Learning Projects Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/4/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ruth Allen

Clark University’s International Development, Community, and Environment program

Term: 2017 -

Elizabeth Gibbons

FXB Center for Health and Human Rights in the Harvard School of Public Health

Dick Harter

Chicago Theological Seminary

Dan Connell

David Whittlesey

InterPeace

Neil Levine

Sharon Flynn

OceanaGold

David Truesdell

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

Accountability and feedback loops, conflict sensitivity, Do No Harm, peacbuilding effectiveness, responsible business, collaborative learning, monitoring and evalution