ADS 18.104.22.168 states that baselines are needed to measure a project’s progress. A baseline should be included for each indicator before the implementation of the project’s activities. Additionally, ambitious but realistic targets should be set for the end of the project with annual targets for the interim years. The auditors note that reporting cumulative project activity results, along with definitions of how those results are to be measured, provides context and a pragmatic view of how the project is progressing.
Without baseline data, targets against which accomplishments can be measured, and cumulative accomplishments reported against life-of-project targets, it is difficult to determine whether progress is being made in accomplishing the project’s objectives and where potential weaknesses in implementation may be occurring.
- Assign life-of-project targets to all performance indicators in the project’s monitoring and evaluation plan.
- Require indicator baselines, cumulative accomplishments, and life-of-project targets to be included in the project’s annual performance reports alongside annual results.
SOURCE: AUDIT REPORT NO. 5-442- 11-006-P MARCH 31, 2011
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- Impact Indicators Were Not Measured - ADS 203.3.2 - ADS 126.96.36.199
- Data Quality Assessment Recommendations Were Not Fully Implemented - ADS 188.8.131.52
- The Reliability of Performance Data Is Unknown - ADS 202.3.6 - USAID’s Performance Management Toolkit
- Reporting on Key Indicators Needs to Be Improved - ADS 184.108.40.206
- Performance Targets Were Not Disaggregated by Gender - ADS 200.5
- Performance Indicators and Targets Are Inappropriate Measures of Program Progress - (ADS) 220.127.116.11 - ADS 18.104.22.168
- Inaccurate Performance Data Reported - ADS 22.214.171.124 - ADS 126.96.36.199 - Government Performance and Results Act of 1993
- Late Submission of Performance Management Plan - ADS 203.3 - 188.8.131.52 - ADS 203.5.1
- Some Main Indicators Were Not Included in Monitoring Plans - ADS 203.3.2 - ADS 184.108.40.206
- Outdated Results - ADS 220.127.116.11
- Performance Measurements Did Not Reflect Project Impact - (ADS) 203.3.4
- Did Not Conduct Data Quality Assessments for Key Data Reported to USAID Headquarters - ADS 18.104.22.168
- Performance Management Plan Was Not Current, Not Realistic, Not Aligned With Implemented Projects, and Not Used - ADS 200.6 - ADS 203.3.3
- Program Evaluation by Mission Was Not Shared With Contractor - ADS 22.214.171.124
- Performance Results Were Not Measured, Reported, or Supported - (ADS) 126.96.36.199
- Contractor Data Did Not Accurately Reflected Outreach Efforts - (ADS) Chapter 203 - section 188.8.131.52 - ADS 184.108.40.206
- Program Did Not Conduct Required Gender Analysis
- Coverage of Gender in HIV/AIDS Programming Left Gaps - The Lantos-Hyde Act
- Partner Results Were Not Verifiable - ADS 220.127.116.11 - ADS 18.104.22.168
- Program Targets Were Imprecise - ADS 22.214.171.124 - ADS 126.96.36.199