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What is the PQDL?

PQDL is designed to be a strategic subset of the many documents, manuals, thought papers, and studies produced all the time throughout CARE USA.  Its aim is to answer the question asked so often by field staff:  “What at a bare minimum, do I need to know and do in order to run successful programs and projects in CARE?”  To answer this, the PQDL organizes three kinds of program information: 

 

  1. Policy (found in the “Core” section)
  2. Recommended good practice for implementing policies and rights based approaches more generally (found in the “Practice” section)
  3. New, emerging ideas that might, eventually, become standard good practice in the organization (found in the “Cutting Edge” section of the PQDL)

Major Sections of the Program Quality Digital Library

The PQDL has four major section, each serving specific purposes, with different procedures required for introducing, revising or replacing documents:

Core: Official policies, principles and cross-cutting standards that are required of all programming in CARE.

Practice: Good practice guidelines for implementing program policies, principles and standards.

Cutting Edge: Current knowledge that promotes the flow of ideas on debates and innovations in CARE.  This section of the PQDL includes documents that Sponsors consider worthy of broader consideration as potential additions to the Practice guidelines.

However because program quality encompasses more than these three areas, four new additional resources are now accessible from the PQDL. These are:

Strategic Impact Inquiry Site (SII): The Strategic Impact Inquiry (SII) is in-depth impact research designed to assess CARE’s impacts, beyond a given project or sector, on the underlying causes of global poverty and social injustice. SII methods balance the goals of rigor, learning, and organizational change, with the specific goal of fostering a culture of critical thinking in CARE, and with those we serve. It is one important part of an overall system for impact assessment, program quality improvement, and organizational performance in CARE

CARE Emergency Toolkit:The CET is a comprehensive collection of policies, guidelines and tools for emergency response. Think of it like ‘wikipedia’ for emergencies – an online reference guide where you can search for any emergency topic! The CET provides the policy, program and operational frameworkto assist CARE’s management of emergencies. It aims to improve the quality of CARE’s response to emergencies by

·         establishing CARE’s policies for emergency response

·         outlining common standards and technical guidelines

·         providing useful tools so that you don’t have to ‘reinvent the wheel’

 

For guidance on effective use of the Toolkit included in the Core documents section of

the PQDL is the CARE Emergency Toolkit User Guide

P-Shift Wiki: This is a collaborative resource where staff can contribute knowledge and conduct constructive debate to move forward the project to program shift at CARE. Many materials generated through the collaboration end up in the cutting edge section of the PQDL and may in future be considered as potential additions to the Practice guidelines.

Electronic Evaluation Library (EEL): The purpose of this library is to promote institutional accountability, continuous learning, and transparent sharing of project and program evaluations both internally and externally through the strategic and systematic collection, documentation and dissemination of lessons learned and impacts of CARE projects and programs. Utilized properly, the EEL will promote the following:

  • Opportunities for stakeholders, especially the poor with whom CARE works, to present their honest perceptions and assessments of CARE’s activities;
  • Opportunities for CARE staff to reflect upon and share experience and learning;
  • Transparent sharing of evaluations with all stakeholders in forms and formats amenable to their needs; and
  • Examination of progress/set-backs in achieving strategic priorities to achieve better organizational results.
  • This policy covers emergency, rehabilitation, and development projects and program

 

 PQDL Introductory Documents

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Introduction to the PQDL (Arabic).pdf Introduction to the PQDL (Arabic)
This two-page document talks about the purpose and structure of the Program Quality Digital Library.
138 KB2007
Introduction to the PQDL (English).pdf Introduction to the PQDL (English)
This two-page document talks about the purpose and structure of the Program Quality Digital Library.
25 KB2007
Introduction to the PQDL (French).pdf Introduction to the PQDL (French)
This two-page document talks about the purpose and structure of the Program Quality Digital Library.
24 KB2007
Introduction to the PQDL (Portuguese).pdf Introduction to the PQDL (Portuguese)
This two-page document talks about the purpose and structure of the Program Quality Digital Library.
28 KB2007
Introduction to the PQDL (Spanish).pdf Introduction to the PQDL (Spanish)
This two-page document talks about the purpose and structure of the Program Quality Digital Library.
28 KB2007
PQDL Document List.pdf PQDL Document List
This file contains a listing of all the documents stored in the PQDL by library and sub-library location.
27 KB2007
PQDL_Document_Template.doc PQDL_Document_Template
Template for submitting documents to the PQDL.
63 KB2007
What Does Program Quality Mean to CARE (Arabic).pdf What Does Program Quality Mean to CARE (Arabic)
The Arabic translation for the introductory piece to the digital library, with the main audience being the newcomer to CARE.
137 KB2007
What Does Program Quality Mean to CARE (English).pdf What Does Program Quality Mean to CARE (English)
An introductory piece to the digital library, with the main audience being the newcomer to CARE.
23 KB2006
What does Program Quality Mean to CARE (French).pdf What does Program Quality Mean to CARE (French)
The French translation for the introductory piece to the digital library, with the main audience being the newcomer to CARE.
37 KB2006
What Does Program Quality Mean to CARE (Portuguese).pdf What Does Program Quality Mean to CARE (Portuguese)
The Portuguese translation for the introductory piece to the digital library, with the main audience being the newcomer to CARE.
29 KB2006
What Does Program Quality Mean to CARE (Spanish).pdf What Does Program Quality Mean to CARE (Spanish)
The Spanish translation for the introductory piece to the digital library, with the main audience being the newcomer to CARE.
31 KB2007
PQDL Process Flows.pdf PQDL Process Flows
A graphical representation of the PQDL processes.
307 KB2005
What is the Role of a PQDL Sponsor Jan 08 (2).doc What is the Role of a PQDL Sponsor Jan 08 (2)
This document describes the roles & responsibilities of a PQDL Sponsor.
37 KB2008
Laying The Foundation for CARE's PQDL.pdf Laying The Foundation for CARE's PQDL
Initial proposal giving purpose and proposed structure for the PQDL.
236 KB2005
PQDL Procedures.pdf PQDL Procedures
Provides definitions of the various components of the PQDL.
77 KB2006
 
 

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