Program Targets Were Not Clearly Defined - ADS 203

USAID uses performance indicators to measure actual results compared with expected results and determine whether programs are progressing toward their objectives. Agency guidance, ADS 203, requires setting performance targets for each performance indicator that are ambitious but can be realistically achieved. Performance targets are specific planned levels of results to be achieved within an explicit timeframe and may be set for the end of the agreement period or for each year of the program.

Periodic progress reports are the means by which the implementing partner details progress against results and targets. Progress reports are critical to the mission’s ongoing monitoring efforts of the implementing partner’s progress. A progress report should compare actual achievements with targets outlined in the award document and the work plan.

General Recommendations

  • Clarify the targets that the implementing partner is responsible for achieving by the end of the program. Those targets should be clearly communicated and agreed to by the implementing partner and incorporated in key performance management documents.
  • Establish written procedures for providing adequate oversight of program’s activities.

Source: AUDIT REPORT NO. 5-492-10-013-P SEPTEMBER 23, 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.

Tags: Monitoring and Evaluation

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