Performance Management Plan Checklist
The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) is using a new checklist developed by the MEASURE Evaluation PRH Associate Award. The checklist helps evaluate performance management plans (PMPs) for the programs that PRH supports.
The checklist also serves as a guide for managers who review Performance Management Plans, documents that outline the standards and procedures used for assessing project progress. The list could also be useful for individuals who develop PMPs. Finalized in September 2012, the checklist is available on both the MEASURE Evaluation and PRH Project Web sites.
Janine Barden-O’Fallon, MEASURE Evaluation PRH director, oversaw the checklist’s creation and recently presented it at a PRH staff meeting in Washington, DC. Tory Taylor, a monitoring and evaluation specialist with Tulane University, authored the checklist and said it was created because existing PMP guidance documents were largely designed for USAID operating units that draft their own PMPs, and not those that review projects’ plans. PRH has recognized a need for guidance that would enable managers to determine whether a PMP was well designed and comprehensive. The checklist consists of 14 items dedicated to assessing PMP quality. It helps to highlight the parts of a PMP that are well developed, as well as any components that may need revision. Checklist items include questions such as, “Have opportunities for evaluation been identified and developed?” that also incorporate new standards from the USAID evaluation policy.
While the PMP quality checklist is intended for use by the PRH team specifically, Barden-O’Fallon and Taylor say it is also applicable to those working on other global health issues, as many quality standards for performance management are universal.