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Baselines and Targets

In order to effectively capture results during the full strategy period, baselines must be collected and targets must be established and included in a PMP as soon after CDCS approval as possible. This includes collecting baseline data and setting targets by sex or other applicable categories.

Baselines and targets for a Mission's CDCS Results Framework are a required component of a PMP. USAID ADS 201. 3.5 indicates that, in principle, this expectation covers not only the CDCS Goal and each DO that will be addressed but also, if possible, performance indicators for the IRs (with baseline data and periodic and final targets) should also be included. Generally speaking, a PMP for a USAID strategy is scheduled for completion within six months of the approval of a CDCS.

In order to have baseline data in place as well as year by year performance targets for indicators associated with a CDCS PMP within six months, supporting activities may need to start well in advance of that deadline. This is particularly true for programs and projects for which USAID will undertake an impact evaluation, as baseline data is needed for the comparison group as well as for those who will receive project assistance. A timeline for putting in place a parallel contract to undertake an impact evaluation, including gathering baseline data is provided on the Impact Evaluation Start Up Plan page in this kit.

In this section of the website, guidance material and tools that may help you establish baselines and targets are provided, including three pages that cover:

This template builds on information you may have entered, at an earlier time, into the CDCS Performance Indicator and Baseline Template from this website.

When working on baselines and targets for a PMP, you may also find it useful to refer back to the page on Existing Baselines in the CDCS section of this kit.