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Establish Baseline Data on Trafficking Victims - Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, Section 621A, 22 U.S.C. 2381a - ADS 203.3.4.5

The Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, Section 621A, 22 U.S.C. 2381a, is entitled Strengthened Management Practices and states that Congress believes that U.S. foreign aid funds could be utilized more effectively by applying advanced management decision making, and information and analysis techniques. To meet this need, the President shall establish a management system that includes methods for comparing actual results of programs and projects with the results anticipated when they were undertaken.

In addition, Automated Directives System (ADS) 203.3.4.5 states that, for each indicator in a performance management plan, the assistance objective team should include performance baselines and set performance targets that are ambitious but that can be achieved realistically within the stated timeframe and with the available resources.

Baseline values should be measured using the same data collection source and method that will be used to collect actual performance data. If baseline data cannot be collected until later in the course of an assistance objective, the assistance objective team should document when and how the baseline data will be collected.

According to a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit report on Human Trafficking dated July 2007, estimates of the numbers of trafficking victims are needed for baselines to evaluate how effectively specific interventions are reducing trafficking. Another GAO audit report on human trafficking issued in 2006 found that, for data collection as a whole, the accuracy of the estimates of trafficking is in doubt because of methodological weaknesses, gaps in data, and numerical discrepancies. The report further states that country data are not available, reliable, or comparable and a considerable discrepancy exists between the numbers of observed and estimated victims of human trafficking.

GAO-07-1034, HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Monitoring and Evaluation of International Projects Are Limited, but Experts Suggest Improvements, July 2007.

5 GAO-06-825, HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Better Data, Strategy, and Reporting Needed to Enhance U.S. Anti-trafficking Efforts Abroad, July 2006.

General Recommendations

  • Develop and implement a plan to establish and implement a national data collection system.

Source: AUDIT REPORT NO. 9-000-10-002-P December 10, 2009

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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