According to ADS 184.108.40.206, performance indicators should be useful for the relevant level of decision making for which they are intended; they should be unambiguous and closely track the results they are intended to measure.
In addition, performance indicators selected for inclusion in the performance management plan should measure changes that are clearly and reasonably attributable to USAID efforts. In the context of performance indicators and reporting, changes are attributable when the outputs of USAID-financed activities have a logical and causal effect on the result(s) being measured by a given performance indicator.
One way to assess attribution is to ask, “If there had been no USAID project or activity, would the measured change have been different?” If the answer is no, there likely is an attribution problem, and the team should look for a more suitable performance indicator. If more than one agency or government is involved in achieving a result, [one] should describe exactly what role each played in achieving the result.
- Develop a system that carefully measures the results of the activities performed.
Source: AUDIT REPORT NO. 7-641-10-006-P JUNE 28, 2010
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- Impact Indicators Not Tracked - ADS 203.3.4
- Develop Indicators and Targets to Measure Progress and Achievement of Project Goals - Assistance Act of 1961, Section 621A, 22 U.S.C. 2381a - ADS 203.3.
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- Performance Management Plan Needs to Be Improved - ADS 203.3.3 - ADS 126.96.36.199
- Verify Reported Data - ADS 303.2
- Management of Performance Data Needs to Be Improved - ADS 188.8.131.52
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- Partners Set Unrealistic Targets for Development Programs - ADS 200.2 - ADS 203
- Performance Targets Set Too Low - ADS 184.108.40.206
- Improve Reporting on Activities - USAID’s guidance for the FY 2009 Performance Plan and Report (PPR)
- Fiscal Year [...] Performance Management Plan Not Developed - ADS 203.3.3 - USAID’s Performance Management Toolkit
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