USAID’s results-oriented approach to management calls for its managers to consider performance information when making decisions. Sound decisions require accurate, current, and reliable information, and the benefits of USAID’s results-oriented approach depend on the quality of performance information available.
To this end, the USAID Automated Directives System (ADS) discusses the importance of reliable data. To be reliable, data should reflect stable and consistent data collection processes and analysis methods over time so that USAID managers can be confident that progress toward performance targets reflects real changes rather than variations in data collection methods (ADS 18.104.22.168d).
Additionally, the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government requires accurate and timely recording of all transactions and significant events. These standards also require that transactions and significant events be clearly documented, with the documentation readily available.
Develop and implement procedures to document results.
Source: AUDIT REPORT NO. 4-650-11-010-P JULY 28, 2011
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- Program’s Indicators, Targets and Goals Should Be Revisited - ADS 203
- Reported Results Did Not Meet Data Quality Standards - ADS 203.3
- Baseline Data, Indicators, and Targets Needed to Measure Progress and Achievement - ADS Chapter 203
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- Performance Indicators and Targets Did Not Facilitate Program Management - ADS 203.3
- Setting Performance Targets for Partners - ADS 203
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- Data Quality Assessments Not Completed - ADS 203.3.5 - Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (Public Law 103–62) - Performance Management Toolkit
- Performance Management Plan Not Completed - ADS 203.3 - Performance Management Toolkit
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- Reported Results Were Not Verified – ADS 188.8.131.52. - ADS 202.3.6.
- Partner Implementation Plans Lacked Vital Information – ADS 200.6
- Lack of a Current Performance Management Plan (PMP) - ADS 203.3.3
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