As noted in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, Section 621A, 22 U.S.C. 2381a, foreign aid funds could be utilized more effectively by the adoption of methods for comparing actual results of programs and projects with those anticipated when they were undertaken.
ADS 203.3.4 notes that missions/offices must include performance indicators in their performance management plans, and states that performance indicators are used to observe progress and to measure actual results compared with expected results and to help answer how or if a USAID mission/office or assistance objective team is progressing toward its objective. Performance indicators may measure performance at any level from outputs to the goals of the project.
Furthermore, according to ADS 18.104.22.168, it is expected that, over the life cycle of a project, different types of indicators will be more informative at different times: In the early stages, output indicators will be the primary source of performance information; at later stages, outcome and impact indicators will be more important.
Develop performance indicators and targets to measure progress and achievement of the project goals.
Source: AUDIT REPORT NO. 9-000-10-002-P December 10, 2009
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- Lack of a Current Performance Management Plan (PMP) - ADS 203.3.3
- Thorough Site Visits Were Not Conducted - ADS 22.214.171.124 - ADS 202.3.6
- Data Quality Assessments Were Not Completed - ADS 126.96.36.199 - Performance and Results Act of 1993
- Performance Management Plan Was Not Completed - ADS 203.3.3
- Improve Data Quality and Program Monitoring - ADS 188.8.131.52 - ADS 184.108.40.206.b
- Performance Management Plans Were Not Approved - ADS 203.3.3
- Monitoring and Evaluation of Activities Was Weak - ADS 303.2(f) - ADS 220.127.116.11
- Some Results Reported by Implementing Partners Were Unsupported or Inaccurate - ADS 18.104.22.168. - ADS 22.214.171.124 - ADS 126.96.36.199
- Performance Targets Were Inconsistent - ADS 188.8.131.52 - ADS 184.108.40.206
- Impact Indicators Not Tracked - ADS 203.3.4
- Verify and document reported results periodically for PMP - (ADS) 203.3.4 - ADS 596, Management’s Responsibility for Internal Control
- Performance Management Plan Needs to Be Improved - ADS 203.3.3 - ADS 220.127.116.11
- Verify Reported Data - ADS 303.2
- Management of Performance Data Needs to Be Improved - ADS 18.104.22.168
- Performance Management Plan Was Not Updated ADS 203.3
- Partners Set Unrealistic Targets for Development Programs - ADS 200.2 - ADS 203
- Performance Targets Set Too Low - ADS 22.214.171.124
- Too Much Credit Claimed for the Results Achieved - ADS 126.96.36.199
- 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