CollaborateUp provides specialized training and technical consulting services to USAID Washington and Mission staff to assist in USAID/M/OAA/PDT’s efforts to incorporate new and innovative topics in the Acquisitions and Assistance process and help modernize USAID’s future business practices. CollaborateUp works with PDT and the requesting Mission or Operating Unit teams to tailor course modules, advisory services, and workshops in “How to Co-Design & Co-Create Shared Value.”

CollaborateUp offers five training modules, focused on Co-Creation Basics, Co-Creation for Activity Design and Award, Co-Creation Implementation and Close-Out, Executing a complete Co-Creation, and Applying Co-Creation to Localization Efforts. Each course/workshop helps Missions and Operating Units execute on USAID’s private sector engagement policy.

Both modules and workshops provide foundational learning, skills, and hands-on advice and expertise in each area, with a focus on applying learned principles and practices to real-world problems. Through our rich network of consultants, we offer a broad array of vetted facilitators that work across regions and timezones, speak multiple languages, and have diverse subject matter expertise to help staff complex co-creation projects. To date, CollaborateUp has trained more than 1,350 participants from Missions around the world.

Outcomes by module:


MODULE 1: Co-Creation Basics

  1. Co-creation basics and adaptive leadership principles
  2. Ways to determine whether (or not) co-creation makes sense for your problem
  3. The six core building blocks that make up a successful co-creation
  4. Enabling paths and mechanisms for co-creation at USAID
  5. How and where co-creation fits into the USAID program cycle

MODULE 2: Co-Creation for Activity Design and Award

  1. WHY you use co-creation at USAID and the value it can add
  2. WHEN to use co-creation
  3. WHO to invite to a co-creation
  4. WHERE to use co-creation 
  5. WHAT to cover in a co-creation
  6. Obstacles and challenges of group dynamics and how to overcome them

MODULE 3: Co-Creation for Implementation and Close-Out

  1. Understanding of the value of using co-creation beyond activity design and award 
  2. Understanding of who to include and when and how to use co-creation in implementation and close out
  3. Understanding the format and content of co-creation for implementation and close out
  4. Tips and tricks for identifying a co-creation facilitator

    MODULE 4: Executing a Co-Creation Activity

    1. The difference between a co-creation process and a co-creation activity
    2. The key building blocks of a successful co-creation activity, including sequencing and timeline, approach & format, location, participants, and facilitation
    3. The key components that happen before, during and after a co-creation activity
    4. The role of facilitation in co-creation and facilitation best practices

    MODULE 5: Applying Co-Creation for USAID Localization Efforts

    1. Foundational knowledge of how USAID defines localization, co-creation, and adaptive leadership and how to apply them in USAID programs
    2. A diagnostic framework for determining if/when to engage local communities in co-creation addressing the 5 W’s (Why, When, Who, Where, and What) of co-creation and localization
    3. Hands-on experience using co-creative methods for co-designing programs with local communities 
    4. Menu of enabling pathways for co-creating localization throughout the program cycle at USAID and differences between mechanisms (competitive vs. non-competitive)
    5. Best practices from the participant, implementer, and facilitator perspectives
    6. Common pitfalls of collaborative localization approaches and how to overcome them