How Donor Agencies Use Standardized Results Indicators

Donor Agency Results Indicators

International aid agencies have, for the past several years, been trying to find ways to standardize results indicators, in order to simplify their agency-wide reporting.  Different agencies use such indicators in different ways, however, and there can be difficulties in finding indicators which aggregate well, yet are appropriate to individual countries and indicators which are useful for reporting, accurately, on results for individual projects.

For those implementing agencies which must deal with the standard indicators donors want them to use, a 2014 the German Development Institute study could be useful. 

The Role of Indicators in Development Cooperation, by Sara Holzapfel describes the advantages and disadvantages of using standard indicators, and of how different donor agencies approach their use. 

Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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