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Learning and Knowledge Exchange

After Action Review

Continuous improvement of ongoing projects or initiatives

The After Action Review (AAR) is a quick reflective exercise for team-based learning during a project or ongoing initiative, in order to improve results in the current project. The AAR facilitates team learning from experience; it does not require  outside experts. AARs can be very powerful tools for change, especially if they are repeated at major project milestones.


  • Facilitator (can also be a participant)
  • Rapporteur
  • Flipchart
  • 2 - 15 participants
  • 45 - 90 minutes

Download the full module on After Action Review (PDF), including when and why to use, how to apply, tips for success, variations, and references.



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