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Performance Indicators and Targets Are Inappropriate Measures of Program Progress - (ADS) 203.3.5.1 - ADS 203.3.4.5

According to Automated Directives System (ADS) 203.3.5.1, data should be sufficiently precise to present a fair picture of performance and enable management decision-making at the appropriate levels. Stable and consistent data collection processes and analysis methods support reliability of data over time. Data should be timely enough to influence management decision-making at the appropriate levels.

Furthermore, in establishing targets to measure progress, ADS 203.3.4.5 states that assistance objective teams should set targets that are ambitious but achievable given USAID (and other donor) inputs. Targets that are set too low are not useful for management and reporting purposes. Assistance objective teams are accountable for achieving the targets and should plan for the analysis and interpretation of actual performance data against the performance targets.

General Recommendations

  • Revise performance indicators and associated targets so that they will assess progress toward the program’s overall goals and objectives.

Source:  AUDIT REPORT NO. 1-523-11-001-P JANUARY 12, 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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