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Too Much Credit Claimed for the Results Achieved - ADS 203.3.4.2

According to ADS 203.3.4.2, performance indicators should be useful for the relevant level of decision making for which they are intended; they should be unambiguous and closely track the results they are intended to measure.

In addition, performance indicators selected for inclusion in the performance management plan should measure changes that are clearly and reasonably attributable to USAID efforts. In the context of performance indicators and reporting, changes are attributable when the outputs of USAID-financed activities have a logical and causal effect on the result(s) being measured by a given performance indicator.

One way to assess attribution is to ask, “If there had been no USAID project or activity, would the measured change have been different?” If the answer is no, there likely is an attribution problem, and the team should look for a more suitable performance indicator. If more than one agency or government is involved in achieving a result, [one] should describe exactly what role each played in achieving the result.

General Recommendations

  • Develop a system that carefully measures the results of the activities performed.

Source:  AUDIT REPORT NO. 7-641-10-006-P JUNE 28, 2010

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.

Tags: Monitoring and Evaluation

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