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Partners Set Unrealistic Targets for Development Programs - ADS 200.2 - ADS 203

Both the implementing partners and the USAID missions have a responsibility to appropriately set indicators and targets and to review and assess their relevancy on a periodic basis. According to Performance Monitoring and Evaluation TIPS No. 8, “Establishing Performance Targets,” a publication by the USAID Center for Development Information and Evaluation, and a supplemental reference from Automated Directives System (ADS) chapter 203, “Assessing and Learning,” targets should be based on analysis of what is realistic to achieve, given factors such as the stage of program implementation, resources available, and country conditions.

Additionally, ADS 203 states that, “USAID Missions/Offices should use performance information to assess progress in achieving results and to make management decisions.” Moreover, ADS 200.2, “Primary Responsibilities,” states that USAID missions must develop the capacity to manage foreign assistance programs and ensure that teams have the necessary expertise, authorities, resources, and support to achieve their objective. 

General Recommendations

  • Reevaluate and document the validity of existing targets on the overall success of program activities.

Source: AUDIT REPORT NO. 9-000-10-007-P June 4, 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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