I want to develop a clear plan by improving upon what I’ve done before.

Learning Loop


INSPIRED BY : IDEO (2011) Deliver: Create a learning plan, p145. In: IDEO, Human Centered Design Toolkit. Edition – 2. London: IDEO.


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Fairly simple, self administered tool, needs relatively less time.

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What is it & why should I do it?


The Learning Loop is a tool that helps you to define how the work you do now informs what you do next. It provides a high-level perspective on how implementing social change can be broken down into a gradual process of iterative cycles.


The worksheet, inspired by the Learning Plan from IDEO (2011), describes four different stages that your work might pass through in a cycle of continual improvement. Using this tool can help understand the different phases involved when trying to implement your ideas. By reflecting on the process involved, it can help you to understand what to do next. Learning is an ongoing cyclical process.


How do I use it?

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This tool offers you a framework to plan with and work in. Each of the four components relate to the methods, systems and processes that your organisation works with. It helps you check whether your organisation actually learns from its experiences (both success and failure) and is improving continuously.


Use the Learning Loop worksheet to make notes in each of the four quadrants. There is no strict start or end to this process – you could use the worksheet to plan a new project or make notes on a current project. Essentially the learnings you gain by collecting stories, feedback or outcomes will help you to reconsider and improve the next steps in your process.



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  1. Jimmy Oluoch

    Acres of Mercy, Kenya

    User Rating: 4

    As executive Director I have been working with learning loop tool for our organization and have identified a new strategic direction to take with our education program. I have been able to Collect a few stories basically through talking with our stakeholders/teachers/students/board/government etc and this process has enabled me to identify areas to prioritize. The review of outputs and impact showed me where we must focus our efforts on. I am using tools from IRIS to develop the right indicators to track and also to review current indicators we have been using.


  2. Laila Risgallah

    Not Guilty for Family Development

    User Rating: 4

    This is a great tool. Now I am going from scattered schools to state schools, I will be using this great tool. I will be collecting different stories, and see where we can avoid weaknesses as we scale up.
    Thank you


  3. shea

    User Rating: 5

    this raelly helps me