Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Session 8: Reporting and Using Performance Monitoring Data

Feed the Future Performance Monitoring Course: Reporting and Using Data


You now have good quality data for indicators in your results framework and you not only want to make sure you use the data to see what is happening in your program, but also want to use your numbers, narratives, and visuals to tell a compelling and honest story of what you are accomplishing, the lessons you are learning and how you are adapting your approaches in response. You may be identifying areas where things are not advancing as planned, where you may need to intensify or adapt your implementation, or you may need to pull in other types of information to better understand why you are or are not seeing the results you expected. This session provides guidance in writing quality narratives and creating compelling visuals to convey your message.

Included in this session is a bonus section on Using the Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) and Gender Integration Framework (GIF) to adapt programing.

Session Objectives:

Report and use performance monitoring data to manage Feed the Future activities:

  • Use Feed the Future Monitoring System data to report performance
  • Analyze the data for additional insights on performance
  • Identify and recognize areas of learning and potential adaptation
  • Use data to make evidence-based decisions and management adaptations
  • Draft a performance narrative using Feed the Future templates
  • Make compelling graphics

Apply the WEAI to Feed the Future projects to understand the underlying gender factors contributing to differences in the empowerment/disempowerment of men and women and to use this data to improve program performance:

  • Understand how to use and interpret WEAI data
  • Analyze WEAI data to identify domains which are the largest contributors to women's disempowerment
  • Use the results from WEAI data and apply the GIF to modify interventions and improve Feed the Future programming

Writing a performance or budget request narrative that presents the problem, the solution, and the results in a way that creates a persuasive narrative:

  • Identify your audience and what is in it for them
  • Write a narrative that concisely presents the problem, the solution and the results
  • Use numbers and specific examples to illustrate your narrative
  • Build the case for additional resources

Create compelling visuals to convey the meaning of data:

  • Create data comparisons
  • Select appropriate chart type
  • Simplify and annotate graphics
  • Sketch visuals of data

Session Developers: Anne Swandale, Ph.D., Lindsey Anna, Krista Jacobs, Ph.D., Anna Brenes, Laura Hughes, Ph.D.