Processes and Policies

LISA 2020 Global Network Charter and By-Laws

These are the foundational documents for our network; officially ratified on the 30th of September 2022.

LISA 2020 Global Network Charter.pdf
LISA 2020 Global Network By-Laws.pdf

Please see below for more information about the processes, policies, and other frequently asked questions related to the LISA 2020 Global Network. Still have questions? Contact us at

Seven Steps for Joining the Network

Typically, labs will complete steps 1-4 before step 5, though some of the steps may be taken out of order. For example, a Stat Lab can open before they have completed step 3. We encourage labs to become connected with the Network (step 6) at the early stages of the process.

In general, labs that complete steps 1-3 are considered “Proposed Members”. Labs successfully responding to the feedback on the Full Lab Plan/Proposal (step 4) will become “Transitional Members.” The next step would be to begin operation of the Stat Lab. The final steps would be for the transitional lab to report a full quarter of metrics and have introduced their lab to the Network at a regular Zoom meeting. The Officer for Membership for the region that the transitional Stat Lab would reside in would then take a two-thirds vote of the Regional Member Stat Labs to determine if the lab would be submitted to the Vice President for Membership for final ratification of full membership. If accepted, they would become “Full Members.”

Quick Guide to Metrics Reporting

What is the purpose of reporting?

As part of our three-year LISA 2020 Network grant agreement with USAID, we provide certain data about the labs and USAID-funded projects. We formally report to USAID every 6 months, and ask labs to report data to us every 3 months in order to stay on track.

How were these metrics determined?

At the beginning of the grant period, we chose some outcomes that were suggested by USAID, and created some other custom outcomes, and these are the columns of information that you see in your spreadsheets. We also created some target numbers for these outcomes over the project period of three years, which we can revise from time to time as we see how the labs are performing—the goal of this being to objectively evaluate whether the LISA 2020 grant is meeting with success.

What are the metrics the LISA 2020 Network reports to USAID?

1 Currently in Nigeria, Ghana, and India, and will include TEACH fund projects once these are underway

2 Not recorded in spreadsheets

What should we be especially aware of when recording data?

What if our lab has achievements that are not covered by these metrics?

Many labs have operations and objectives that are not covered by the metrics we report to USAID. We encourage all labs to create their own metrics in addition to those that we collect for USAID, and record them in a separate spreadsheet of your own design. You may structure it in a different way that works for you.

The goal is for you to be able to measure your own progress and success, and additionally to be able to share these metrics with your stakeholders. If you do this, please send us your lab’s personal spreadsheet when you report your USAID metrics. We would still love to be able to share these successes with the LISA 2020 network. If you would like help designing these spreadsheets, please contact Kim Love at She is the LISA 2020 MEL (Measurement, Evaluation and Learning) Specialist. This is part of the technical assistance that the LISA 2020 Network is intended to provide.

You are also welcome to provide us with a narrative describing your lab’s successes in addition to the USAID spreadsheet. Programs that are working directly on USAID funded activities (the original three labs, plus teach fund awardees) are required to do this each quarter, though this has looked different depending on the lab’s activities that quarter.

Who do we ask if we have questions?

You can reach out to any of the USAID project leads. However, the best person to contact is Kim Love at She is the LISA 2020 MEL (Measurement, Evaluation and Learning) Specialist.

Sustainability Assessment Synthesis: Challenges, Lessons Learned and Potential Solutions from Network Stat Labs

Challenge: Incentivizing Collaborators

Challenge: Insufficient Funding

Challenge: Too Few Projects

Challenge: Need for Training in Statistical Areas and Techniques

Challenge: Collaboration Training

Other Insights from the Sustainability Assessment Responses

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