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Feed the Future Performance Indicators Under the Global Food Security Strategy


This revised list of Feed the Future standard indicators (216.47kb, xlsx) provides a foundation for Feed the Future’s accountability and learning by measuring progress against all facets of the Global Food Security Strategy results framework. This list reflects important updates to Feed the Future in its new phase, including a greater focus on systems-level interventions, cross-cutting issues,and resilience, as well as a more comprehensive approach to nutrition.

A Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) working group comprising members from various U.S. Government agencies and departments developed this list through a consultative process that included input from an array of stakeholders.

Some major changes, next steps, and points of emphasis include:

  • Partners should plan to report on new indicators beginning with FY 2019 results, setting targets in Fall 2018. In the meantime, please continue reporting on existing indicators, following the titles and definitions in the existing Feed the Future Indicator Handbook. Full guidance on transitioning to the revised Feed the Future indicators is forthcoming, including expectations for ongoing activities.

  • A primary goal for the Feed the Future indicator redesign was to strike a balance between measuring all aspects of the results framework adequately while keeping the reporting burden manageable. Despite the need to measure more objectives and intermediate results for the Global Food Security Strategy results framework, the total number of performance indicators only increased slightly, from 53 to 55 performance indicators. These indicators include 20 to be collected every three years through population-based household surveys in a zone of influence. These surveys and indicators are required for Feed the Future target countries.

  • The number of annual implementing mechanism indicators has slightly decreased, from 28 to 27. These indicators are required if the implementing mechanism has interventions relevant to the corresponding intermediate result; they are more focused on outcomes than outputs. Seven output indicators will capture the breadth of our programming.

  • Recognizing the context-specific nature of every program, we are emphasizing MEL tools beyond standard indicators, which are focused on country-specific investments. This is particularly relevant for regional and centrally-funded investments, for which standard indicators have less relevance. We encourage partners to identify and use custom indicators and qualitative analytic tools to better reflect our diverse and context-specific investments.

  • We have also added 22 context indicators. They do not require targets, are collected using secondary data (otherwise are not applicable), and will provide valuable information that will help us better interpret our results and understand our working environment.

  • We are developing indicator reference sheets detailing indicator definitions and data collection methods. We will share drafts of these documents for public input and subsequently publish the revised Feed the Future indicator handbook in Spring 2018.