Standard Foreign Assistance Indicators

Drawing on technical expertise within both the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the standard foreign assistance indicators were developed to measure and illustrate what foreign assistance accomplishes. Standard foreign assistance indicators measure both the outputs directly attributable to the U.S. government as well as outcomes to which the U.S. government contributes.

Performance target and result data are collected against these indicators on an annual basis, and reported to the Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources (F). Indicator data, combined with expert analysis from the field, evaluation information, and strategic policy priority considerations can be used to inform broad-based strategic budget and planning decisions to ensure that foreign assistance resources are focused on moving countries forward and transparently demonstrating the basis upon which allocations are made.

Standard Foreign Assistance Master Indicator List (MIL)

Program Area and Element level Indicators -- The majority of indicators are organized in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Standardized Program Structure and Definitions (SPSD), which is a hierarchy of Program Categories, Areas, and Elements. Indicators are mainly associated with measuring performance at the Program Area and Element level within each of the six Categories.

Cross Cutting Indicators -- These indicators measure performance across multiple Program Categories, Areas or Elements. Cross cutting indicators have been developed to measure performance related to Gender, Youth, and Science, Technology, Innovation, and Research.