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Tracked Too Many Indicators, Some Loosely Defined - ADS 200.6 - ADS - ADS

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 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 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.

General Recommendations

  • 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

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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