USTDA's Office of Program Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E Office) continuously monitors, tracks, and analyzes the progress and outcomes of the Agency's activities to determine overall effectiveness, inform evidence-based funding decisions, and ensure oversight and accountability to stakeholders. By continuously monitoring all programs and performing systematic compliance checks, the M&E Office works to promote the efficiency and efficacy of the Agency’s programs, ensure compliance and cost-effectiveness, and utilize data to achieve future success.
Promoting Efficiency and Effectiveness
Together, monitoring and evaluation enable effective internal control in line with OMB Circular No. A-123. The M&E Office conducts annual financial and programmatic audits based on evidence-based risk factors identified in each program. The Monitoring function reviews all final deliverables submitted under the Agency’s funding to check for compliance, and proactively facilitates grant close-outs.
The Evaluation function documents results for every program funded. In this way, USTDA has a complete understanding of both compliance and performance for every dollar expended in the execution of its mission.
Using Data to Drive Performance
With over 30 years of data on the impact of project preparation efforts, USTDA’s M&E Office supports evidence-based program design for infrastructure development in emerging markets. The M&E Office collects data, evaluates impact, and provides analysis to help USTDA make effective investment decisions. The Agency’s programmatic staff rely on the quantitative and qualitative data generated by the M&E Office for decision-making, contributing to program effectiveness and future programming.
Driven by its objective of creating or preserving jobs in the United States, USTDA works to identify the amount of U.S. content in the goods and services sold abroad supported by Agency funding. USTDA defines U.S. exports as the amount of U.S. content associated with goods manufactured in the United States or services provided by U.S. companies, and U.S. exports attributed to USTDA's funding must have a credible and significant linkage to the Agency-funded activity. This definition enables USTDA to determine its impact based on those U.S. exports attributed to the Agency’s funding. Given this approach, USTDA can be confident that its program has a direct and immediate benefit to U.S. companies and supports U.S. jobs.
The following measurements are calculated and maintained by the M&E Office to determine whether the Agency's objectives are being met:
At the heart of USTDA's program monitoring and evaluations strategy is the calculation of the export multiplier. It quantifies the amount of U.S. exports generated for every program dollar obligated by USTDA. It is calculated by dividing the dollar value of U.S. exports attributed to USTDA by the dollar value of USTDA's funding commitments, measured as a ten-year rolling average. In general terms, it is the ‘export return on USTDA's investment.’
In 2019, for every $1 dollar USTDA invested in its programs, $111 in U.S. exports were generated. This demonstrates the Agency's ability to support U.S. industry through the export of U.S. goods and services, while earning a strong return on investment for U.S. taxpayers.
Total Cumulative Exports
Since 1992, USTDA's programs have contributed to $73 billion in U.S. exports. In FY2019 alone, USTDA identified over $6.7 billion in new exports. These recent successes show early wins for U.S. businesses, and commitments by host countries to the implementation of USTDA supported activities. It is expected that as additional projects are implemented, USTDA will be able to identify additional U.S. export successes, which will enable the Agency to better understand where funding has been most successful.
The Agency uses independent evaluators to help collect and verify data on program performance. These outside evaluation teams annually review hundreds of individual activities to assess the outcomes of USTDA's funding commitments. These services help the M&E Office obtain information for qualitative and quantitative analysis to determine whether and how USTDA's funding is achieving its mission. This rigorous review supports innovative program management and data-informed decision-making, enabling the Agency to effectively leverage resources in order to deliver results.
Current Outside Evaluation Teams:
Sarah Randolph | Director, Office of Program Monitoring and Evaluation
Sarah Randolph currently serves as Director for the Office of Program Monitoring and Evaluation, leading the team responsible for monitoring and evaluating the results of USTDA's funding commitments. She provides analytic advice to USTDA's senior leadership and staff on all aspects of the Agency's program, in order to inform critical decision-making with the ultimate goal of identifying where the Agency's program is most effective. She also serves as the Manager for Program Monitoring. In this role, she continuously monitors all grant-funded programs and proactively facilitates grant close-outs.
Ms. Randolph previously served as the Country Manager for Southeast Asia at USTDA, where she developed and managed the region's multi-million-dollar portfolio of infrastructure development activities in one of the world’s fastest-growing regions. Prior to her work managing the Southeast Asia portfolio, Ms. Randolph was a Manager for Global Programs at USTDA, responsible for developing, implementing, and managing procurement assistance programs under USTDA’s Global Procurement Initiative as well as implementing strategic policy initiatives. Prior to joining USTDA’s Global Programs team, she served as Deputy Project Manager and Research Analyst for USTDA’s Research and Analysis Program Services contract with Ascendant Program Services, LLC, and she also served as a Project Analyst for USTDA’s East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Eurasia portfolios.
Prior to her work in support of USTDA’s mission, Ms. Randolph was a Project Manager for Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs at the National Bureau of Asian Research. Ms. Randolph holds dual B.A. degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.
Taylor Hooks | Program Evaluation Manager
Taylor Hooks currently serves as USTDA’s Program Evaluation Manager for Middle East, Northern Africa Europe, Eurasia, East Asia, and Indo-Pacific regions. In this role, she measures the U.S. export and development impacts of USTDA’s funding commitments and advises program staff throughout the project life-cycle using evidence-based analysis and data visualization.
Prior to joining the Agency, she worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Global Health and Middle East Bureau's. Before USAID she worked as a paralegal at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she covered the Court of International Trade and other National Courts. Prior to that she held internships with the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy Budapest, U.S. Embassy Hanoi, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Michigan House of Representatives.
Ms. Hooks holds a master’s degree in public policy from American University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and legal studies from Michigan State University.
Maria Wimsatt | Program Evaluation Manager
Maria Wimsatt currently serves as the Program Evaluation Manager covering the Latin America and Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa regions as well as the Worldwide programs, including the Global Procurement Initiative (GPI). In this role, she manages the data collection and assessment of the U.S. export and economic growth impacts of USTDA’s funding commitments and advises program staff throughout the project life-cycle using evidence-based analysis. Ms. Wimsatt is a member of USTDA’s Energy sector team and leads the Electricity Transmission & Distribution sub-sector team to keep up with U.S. industry and trade policy developments.
Before joining USTDA’s M&E team as a program evaluation manager, she evaluated USTDA programs as a contractor for the Agency. Prior to working with USTDA, Ms. Wimsatt served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar supporting Community Economic Development. She holds a master of public policy degree from The George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration and a bachelor degree in marketing from the University of Louisville.