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Data Collection and Reporting Did Not Always Yield Useful Information - ADS 203.

The USAID Automated Directives System includes guidelines on how to report on performance indicators, including defining a target as a “planned level of result” and noting that “data should reflect stable and consistent data collection processes and analysis methods

The USAID Automated Directives System10 (ADS) states that (1) for data to be valid, they should clearly and adequately represent the intended result; (2) for data to be reliable, they should reflect stable and consistent data collection processes and analysis methods; (3) a performance target is a specific, planned level of result to be achieved within an explicit timeframe that is required for each indicator; and (4) collecting data too often is not economical because data require resources and effort to collect, analyze, report, and use.

General Recommendations

  • Develop written procedures to improve oversight of reporting on performance indicators.
  • Provide guidance to officials responsible for implementing activities on the purpose of performance indicators, including how to develop targets and report valid, relevant, and reliable information.
  • Determine whether currently reported indicators that are not required should be modified or eliminated to improve the value and quality of the reporting on performance indicators.

 SOURCE: AUDIT REPORT NO. 4-611-10-007-P SEPTEMBER 1, 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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