The infographic titled “Gender Pay Gap in the United States, September 18, 2023” by Andrea Pozderac and Azra K. Nurkic, sheds light on the persistent gender wage disparity in the U.S. In 2023, women earned 84.5 cents for every dollar earned by men, indicating a 15.5 cent gap. The infographic explores various factors contributing to this gap, such as occupational segregation, work experience, and educational attainment. It also highlights state-wise disparities, with Connecticut showing the smallest gap and Utah the largest. Additionally, it underscores the overrepresentation of women in lower-paying jobs and the challenges faced by women of color.

This Activity MEL Plan webinar is a one-hour asynchronous learning activity to provide staff in the USAID Bureau of Resilience and Food Security (RFS) with guidance and real-world examples on how to develop, review, and otherwise ensure activities have strong Activity MEL Plans. The webinar is time-stamped to enable users to quickly and efficiently navigate through the webinar to desired sections. Topics include: 

Introduction and Overview
Monitoring Plan
Beneficiary Feedback Plan
Evaluation Plan
Roles and Responsibilities
Schedule of Activity MEL Tasks
Tips for Reviewing Activity MEL Plans

Performance indicators are pivotal for the successful implementation, adaptive management, and optimization of development programs. This guidance note, a part of the RFS Good Practice MEL Notes series, underscores the significance of these indicators in line with USAID’s requirements for Activity MEL Plans. It emphasizes the inclusion of at least one performance indicator for each outcome in an activity’s logic model. Special attention is given to gender equality and female empowerment indicators. This document serves as a beacon for understanding the diverse types of indicators and their integration into the developmental framework.

Performance indicators and their targets play a critical role in successful implementation, adaptive management, and maximizing performance of development programs. A target is defined by USAID as “a specific, planned level of a result to be achieved within a specific timeframe with a given level of resources.” This USAID/RFS Good Practice MEL Note walks readers through RFS good practice examples to facilitate better target setting during the Activity MEL Plan development process and activity implementation. It also provides some guidance on how to adjust targets during implementation and helpful tips for setting performance indicator targets.

Performance indicators play a critical role in monitoring activity performance and understanding what results are achieved. In essence, Performance Indicator Reference Sheets (PIRS) are worksheets that define indicators and ensure that they generate consistent, high quality data across portfolios. This USAID/RFS Good Practice MEL Note describes how to develop or review PIRS for Activity MEL Plans and highlights several RFS good practice examples. Annex A annotates the links between a standard and an activity PIRS. Annex B provides tips for A/CORs for reviewing PIRS.

An evaluation Statement of Work (SOW) clarifies the expectations for how an evaluation will be designed and conducted in much the same way that an activity’s scope of work dictates how an activity must be designed and implemented. The developer of an evaluation SOW is in many regards the architect of the evaluation itself. The more detailed and accurate the SOW the
more likely that the evaluation will generate useful and high quality findings, conclusions, and recommendations. This USAID/RFS Good Practice MEL Note provides an overview of the components of a good evaluation SOW, important tips when developing or peer-reviewing
evaluation SOWs, as well as an annotated example of a good evaluation SOW to show the reader how specific good practices were applied effectively in an actual RFS evaluation SOW.

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