|Title or Topic
||Educational Exchanges in Near East Asia and South Asia|
||Office of Management and Budget Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART)|
||Ted Knicker, Chief, Evaluation Section, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs|
|Scores and Ratings
- FY 2004: Results Not Demonstrated
- FY 2005: Effective
|Major Findings/ Recommendations
- Program needs to strengthen Strategic Planning by taking the following actions: 1. Set long-term goals relative to baseline, 2. Clearly define targets and timeframes for which to measure annual progress, 3. Create regional long-term goals, 4. Tailor its planning by regional/ country to effectively reach target audiences.
|Major Actions Taken or That Will be Taken
- Department to provide proposed performance measures and goals as well as a proposed planning process to OMB for review.
- Long-term and annual goals are set to established baselines, targets and timeframes now included in performance indicators.
- Regional goals established through coordination with regional bureaus.
- Program planning tailored by region/ country and target audience.
- Partnerships for learning initiative launched.
- Performance measurement system, based on PART recommendations in development, FY 2003 pilot testing includes NEA and SA exchanges.
- The Department hired an exchanges coordinator, started an exchange working group, and hired a Middle East Initiatives evaluation officer.
|PART Performance Measures
Long Term Measure:
- South Asia: Improve US and South Asian democracy, education and development efforts by increasing engagement with important Muslim populations so that these populations better understand US society and values.
- Near East Asia: Engender more positive attitudes toward and understanding of the United States and its democratic values and foster the healthy exchange of ideas through expanded exchanges with Arab youth.
- Increase the annual number of participants from Near East Asia and South Asia.
- The percentage of NEA and SA participants who increase or change their understanding of the host country immediately following their program experience.