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The Reliability of Performance Data Is Unknown - ADS 202.3.6 - USAID’s Performance Management Toolkit

USAID’s Automated Directives System (ADS) states that monitoring the quality and timeliness of outputs produced by implementing partners is a major task of an agreement officer’s technical representative (AOTR) and assistance objective teams. It specifies that problems in output quality provide an early warning that results may not be achieved as planned and that early action in response to problems is essential in managing for results (ADS 202.3.6).  

To assess the quality of partner data, USAID’s Performance Management Toolkit (Toolkit) recommends periodically sampling and reviewing partner data to ensure completeness, accuracy, and consistency and determine whether the partner appropriately addressed known data quality problems. The Toolkit also recommends developing a simple site visit guide, covering all topics of interest, to be used systematically by teams visiting all sites.

This document is listed on USAID’s Web site as a reference for its ADS Series 200 – Program Policy. Refer to Part II, Task 4, for additional guidance on collecting baseline data and verifying data quality.  

General Recommendations

  • Establish written procedures to ensure that site visits provide for data quality testing and adequate documentation of the test results and provide training to staff on those procedures.

AUDIT REPORT NO. 4-617-11-001-P NOVEMBER 10, 2010

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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