The TOPS Program

The Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) Program is the USAID/Food for Peace-funded participatory learning initiative that generates, captures, disseminates, and applies the highest quality information, knowledge, and promising practices in development food assistance programming.

Since 2010, TOPS has provided a space for Food for Peace implementing partners, researchers, and other donors and stakeholders, to share, learn and connect across organizations to the benefit of vulnerable, food insecure households around the world. The original TOPS Program was a consortium of five partner organizations: CORE Group, Food for the Hungry, Mercy Corps, Save the Children, and TANGO International. TOPS was a leader with associate award, and through this mechanism, USAID awarded a total of 13 associate awards.

The original TOPS Program ended in January of 2018, but USAID’s Office of Food for Peace has made it possible to extend TOPS for another year under a ‘bridge award’ in order to maintain a few key functions and provide important services to the food security and nutrition community until Implementer-led Design, Evidence, Analysis and Learning (IDEAL) is awarded. Two partner organizations are part of the bridge award: CORE Group and Save the Children.