According to ADS 200.6, performance indicators are used to observe progress and to measure actual results compared with expected results. Performance indicators help answer how or if a USAID mission/office is progressing toward its objective. ADS 126.96.36.199 states that good performance indicators should be:
- Objective—unambiguous about what is being measured and precisely defined in the performance management plan (PMP)
- Practical—selected based on the availability of data that can be obtained at reasonable cost and in a reasonable time
- Useful—for management and the relevant level of decision making
- Adequate—inclusion of only as many indicators as are necessary and cost-effective for results management and reporting purposes
Additionally, ADS 188.8.131.52 states that performance indicators should be chosen with care so that they are kept to a minimum and accurately reflect the performance of the result they are intended to track.
- Reevaluate performance management plan indicators, determine the important indicators to track, eliminate the less significant indicators, and document the results.
- Formulate clear definitions for selected indicators, and train staff to ensure that consistent terminology is used in gathering and reporting data.
Source: 7-683-11-008-P Year: 2011
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