The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Agricultural Development initiative engaged the team from 2009-2010 to develop grant “dashboards.” The purpose of these dashboards was to enable program officers to develop more thorough and accurate progress reports, analyze portfolios, set targets based on historical performance, and share knowledge.

3SI successfully designed a dashboard framework that synthesized status and performance for complex, multi-country projects. The dashboards reported key qualitative and quantitative performance metrics, progress toward outputs and outcomes, and key strategic lessons learned. The 51 dashboards and supporting information pulled from a prototype database that contained grants representing $1 billion in grant commitments. 3SI also analyzed how this framework fit into the larger goals for Agricultural Development’s monitoring and evaluation plans.

 

Art Credit: Georges Seurat, “Farm Women at Work,” 1883.