Context Indicator Reference Sheet (CIRS) Guidance and Template
This content is currently under revision to align with the recently updated ADS 201.
For guidance and support associated with revisions to ADS 201, please see the Program Cycle overview page.
This resource complements ADS 201 by providing a template to USAID staff and partners for reference information about context indicators.
Context monitoring is the systematic collection of information about conditions and external factors relevant to the implementation and performance of an Operating Unit’s (OU) strategy, projects, and activities. Context indicators are a means to monitor factors outside the control of USAID that have the potential to affect the achievement of results.
A Context Indicator Reference Sheet (CIRS) is a tool USAID uses to define context indicators; it is key to ensuring context indicator data quality and consistency. While CIRSs are not required, it is recommended that context indicators have completed indicator reference information stored in a CIRS.