Setting Performance Targets for Partners - ADS 203

USAID policy, under Automated Directives System (ADS) 203.3.2 on performance management, states that USAID missions and their assistance objective teams are responsible for measuring progress toward the results identified in the planning stage to achieve foreign assistance objectives.

Further, ADS states that collecting and analyzing performance information is a principal step in performance management, and missions should be reporting on results in addition to outputs in the later years of an assistance objective. Finally, ADS calls for indicators that are practical and timely.

Performance targets are a critical part of managing for results. ADS states that missions should be willing to be held accountable for targets, and that targets should be ambitious but achievable given USAID and other donor inputs. As stated in USAID’s Performance Monitoring and Evaluation TIPS No. 8, “Establishing Performance Targets,” once a program is underway, targets serve as guideposts for judging whether progress is being made on schedule and at the levels originally envisioned.

For performance data to be useful in managing for results and credible reporting, ADS states that USAID missions should ensure that performance data for each assistance objective meet the data quality standards of validity, integrity, precision, reliability, and timeliness. Additionally, ADS states that data reported to Washington, DC, or externally on agency performance must have had a data quality assessment within the 3 years before submission.

Source: AUDIT REPORT NO. 9-000-10-008-P June 15, 2010

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