Targets for Key Interventions Were Not Sufficient to Track Progress - Automated Directives System

Performance targets are critical elements of USAID’s results-oriented management philosophy. Targets orient stakeholders to the tasks to be accomplished and motivate individuals involved in a program to do their best to ensure the targets are met. Once a program is under way, targets serve as the guideposts for judging whether progress is being made on schedule and at the levels originally envisioned.

Reflecting the importance of targets, the USAID Automated Directives System states that missions should “set performance targets that are ambitious, but can realistically be achieved within the stated timeframe and with the available resources."

General Recommendations

  • Develop realistic targets to track progress toward achieving the overall goals of the Initiative.

SOURCE: AUDIT REPORT NO. 4-621-11-007-P APRIL 29, 2011

The recommendations are derived from audit reports of the Office of the Inspector General. The source refers to the audit report, which is available on this site as part of the Audit Database Project: an educational tool for compliance with USAID regulations.  Please see the disclaimer of this site before using recommendations.

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