Evidence Act Annual Evaluation Plan 2023

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The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (Evidence Act) requires agencies to develop an Annual Evaluation Plan, which describes the “significant”1 evaluation activities the Agency plans to conduct in the fiscal year following the year in which it is submitted. Specifically, OMB Circular A-11 (2020) 290-11 states that “Annual Evaluation Plans offer agencies the opportunity to methodically plan and document their approach to evaluation and, in particular, how their intended evaluations will support those questions on the agency’s learning agenda that are best answered by evaluation.”

USAID implements international development program interventions in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Europe and Eurasia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. As a result, evaluation functions at USAID are highly decentralized, with a central office for policy, guidance, and technical assistance. Evaluation is operationalized at three levels within the Agency. These are (1) Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning - Office of Learning Evaluation and Research (PPL/LER), (2) Washington Regional and Technical Bureaus, and (3) Bilateral and Regional Missions. The Bureau for Management (M Bureau) leads on management assessments across the operational platform. Given this decentralized characteristic of the Agency evaluation functions, plans for Agency evaluations are also decentralized, and this is reflected in the annual evaluation plan of the Agency.

Evaluation is an assessment using systematic data collection and analysis of one or more programs, policies, and organizations intended to assess their effectiveness and efficiency. Evaluations conducted at USAID follow established standards that include rigor, transparency, independence and objectivity, relevance and utility, and ethics. Evaluation is an important source from which evidence is generated for decision making at USAID. As a result, evidence from evaluations is incorporated into all phases of the Program Cycle, including strategic planning for overall Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), and activity planning and design.

Annually, USAID conducts an average of over 150 evaluations. Evaluations are conducted across a broad range of US Government foreign assistance program areas, including agriculture and food security; democracy, human rights, and governance; economic growth and trade; education; environment, energy, and infrastructure; gender equality and women’s empowerment; global health; humanitarian assistance; innovation, technology, and research; and water and sanitation. Based on the USAID Evaluation policy, evaluations at USAID are carried out for learning and accountability.

This annual evaluation plan provides an overview of USAID significant evaluations that will form the building blocks for evidence generation and use across the Agency for strategic, programmatic, operational, and management decision-making. It includes evaluations that USAID operating units are expected to begin or carried out partially or fully in FY 2023.

Monday, March 21, 2022 - 6:00pm

Last updated: March 28, 2022