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Monitoring and Evaluation of Activities Was Weak - ADS 303.2(f) - ADS

USAID has developed extensive guidelines on the management of awards. Most notably, USAID’s ADS 303, Grants and Cooperative Agreements to Nongovernmental Organizations, Section 303.2(f) states that technical representatives should review and analyze reports, monitor reporting requirements, and ensure the recipient’s compliance with numerous terms and conditions of an award.

ADS states that the purpose of data quality assessments is to ensure that the USAID mission/office and assistance object team are aware of (1) the strengths and weaknesses of the data as determined by applying applicable quality standards and (2) the extent to which data integrity can be trusted to influence management decisions.

General Recommendations

  • Introduce expanded data quality assessments, including a thorough review of data validity and reliability for all standard and customized performance indicators.

  • Require a written site visit report to document the purpose and the results of each visit and specify that each site visit include the confirmation of data validity and reliability, when possible.

Source: AUDIT REPORT NO. 7-688-10-004-P February 26, 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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