USAID/RFS Good Practice MEL Notes – Performance Indicator Baselines

Country

Global

Region

Global

Type

Guidance Note

Year

2023

USAID/RFS Good Practice MEL Notes – Performance Indicator Baselines

Country

Global

Region

Global

Type

Technical Guidance Document

Year

2023

Abstract:

USAID policy requires baseline data for each of their performance monitoring indicators, but USAID staff and partners often struggle to determine the most appropriate baseline and the best mechanism to establish that baseline. This USAID/RFS Good Practice MEL Note provides USAID staff and partners with specific guidance on what good baselines look like and how to establish them. It walks the user through several common baseline setting scenarios, including examples from RFS-funded activities, as well as helpful tips for establishing performance indicator baselines.

Description:

RFS Good Practice MEL Notes aim to highlight examples of strong Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) practices across the central portfolio of activities managed by USAID’s Bureau of Resilience and Food Security (RFS). These notes complement USAID’s agency-wide MEL guidance with concrete examples of how RFS is integrating MEL elements into its investments. The primary audiences for these notes are RFS Implementing Partners (IPs), A/CORs, and RFS MEL Specialists. While IPs typically develop Activity MEL Plans, RFS hopes these notes will encourage enhanced A/COR and RFS MEL Specialist engagement and collaboration throughout the Program Cycle.

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