Performance Targets Set Too Low - ADS 203.3.4.5

 

USAID’s ADS 203.3.4.5 states that, for each indicator in a performance management plan, the operating unit should set performance baselines and set targets that can be optimistically but realistically achieved within the stated timeframe and with the available resources.

Targets should be ambitious but achievable given USAID inputs. Performance targets that are set too low are not useful for management or for reporting results to stakeholders.

General Recommendations

  • Establish written procedures to revise performance targets to reflect realistic expectations.

Source:  AUDIT REPORT NO. 7-641-10-006-P JUNE 28, 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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