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How-To Note on Preparing a Performance Management Plan (PMP)

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USAID's Office of Learning Evaluation and Research
Published:
June 27, 2014

A PMP is a mission-wide tool to plan and manage the process of monitoring, evaluating, and analyzing progress toward achieving all results  identified in a Country  Development  Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) and project  Logical Framework (LogFrame) in order to inform decision-making, resource allocation, learning, and adapting projects and programs. While PMPs are required and are auditable, they  only need to be approved at the mission director level, not by Washington leadership. There is no standard format for PMPs, although examples can be found on ProgramNet. USAID missions should use a format that best fits their management and communication needs. The following summarizes  the recommended sections of a PMP.  Specific requirements are found in ADS 203.3.3.1 (see Figure 1).  Each section should be concise. Moreover, these sections do not need to be unified in a single document (and for performance indicator tracking tables, it is preferred that they are kept in a separate spreadsheet, database, or information system).

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