Video Remarks for Program Evaluation Conference

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 8, 2011

I am delighted to welcome each of you to this year’s Conference on Program Evaluation. This year’s theme, “Diplomacy, Development, and Defense – Working Together to Achieve Foreign Policy Goals” reflects this Administration’s whole-of-government approach to foreign policy issues.

More and more, there is a convergence of what were once isolated issues. Information is traveling faster and farther than ever, eliminating traditional country borders and shrinking our world. We must harness this potential and modernize our systems to solve interconnected problems.

Last year I launched the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review – the QDDR – in an effort to address foreign policy issues in new ways and bring American civilian capabilities into a more central role. Key to many of the QDDR initiatives is the use of rigorous program evaluation techniques to ensure that we are accountable and getting the most out of every taxpayer dollar. And if our programs aren’t working, we need to figure out why and what we can do to change them.

Being absolutely clear on our goals and using the best performance measurement tools to reach these goals is the heart of successful program and policy management. That is why your efforts over these next two days are critical as you share best practices and lessons learned with colleagues throughout the government and groups outside of government. I wish all of you success as you find new ways to advance our foreign policy goals and create a better future for more people. I can’t wait to hear about your results. Thank you.