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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Latest User Experience

  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



    Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI)

    User Rating: 3

    This video helped in understanding how to divide your work in stages and then assess it.
    Very useful. Thank you GG.


  5. Vicki Penwell

    Mercy In Action Vineyard, Inc

    User Rating: 3

    Very helpful, thanks for the teaching video that got me started


  6. nqobile

    The Forum for African Women Educationalists Zimbabwe (FAWEZI)

    User Rating: 4

    The tutorial was very helpful thank you, i have managed to see how best i can ensure a smooth flow of activities of any particular activity.Will surely use the learning as we progress with our project to assist girls who dropped out of to school to go back and complete their basic education.


  7. Hosting

    User Rating: 5

    Qualitative data collected through interviews and observations can be incredibly rich. The tool enables you to bring part of a person’s world with you once you start designing a solution
    that is addressed to them.


  8. SalvadorAgbaje Zainab A.

    The Vision for Teenagers Adolescents and Youths Wellbeing Initiative

    User Rating: 5

    GlobalGiving Toolkits have been a very fantastically and adorable gadgets to the development and twisting concept of adjusting many internal structure towards the development and motivational strength for the organization and our beneficiaries.It is not only limited to what nonprofit organizations alone can use but many million of parastatals can use them for profit making ideas and concepts as well as integrating and mapping partnership with other international organizations.
    Many experiences are yet to be shared as long as this organization works with GlobalGiving individually or as a team because it is every time new concepts are learned.


  9. Nick Hansen

    People First

    User Rating: 4

    As an organisation dealing with street children and trafficked young people we work with the local administration and state government and railway and state law enforcement agencies. With such a complex network clearly establishing and implementing a measurable and effective programme is a challenge . This framework is extremely useful in identifying key areas and priorities and evaluating project impact.
    The involvement of stakeholders adds immense value to the framework and has helped us identify working strategies in particular to combat child trafficking with other key partners and organisations.


  10. Marie Saint Cyr

    Lambi Fund Of Haiti

    User Rating: 4

    As we have been involved in reforestation since 2006, and that continues to be a major priority for Haitian rural farmers, we have been concerned as we hear the concerns of our partners relating to long term survival of trees newly planted. The learning tool allowed us to look realistically at the threat to long life of the trees, inherent on our climate, the structural and systemic support system or lack thereof, to the environment; and the priorities of the people who lives are impacted. This procedure/analysis tool will help us look at the future steps we must make to assure longevity and sustainability of the efforts to improve the environment. This tool will be used with our field workers to identify steps to improve reforestation projects in 2019.


  11. Amadu Mohammed

    Achievers Ghana Education

    User Rating: 5

    Learning to analyze what you did right and wrong in order to position or re-position yourself is a makeup call to me. I never thought of something in that way before until I met this platform.


  12. Kareem Faqeeh


    User Rating: 1

    Nice but if it good writing in Arabic language