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 Data-Driven Efficiency and Effectiveness
USTDA employs a rigorous and carefully constructed evaluation process to establish project outcomes and inform future program decisions . The Agency measures project‐specific data on a continuous and ongoing basis over the course of many years, allowing a true and consistent
understanding of the overall effectiveness of USTDA’s full range of programming .
With more than 30 years of data on project preparation efforts, USTDA’s Office of Program Monitoring and Evaluation collects and analyzes essential information on the status and performance of all activities. Together, the twin priorities of insight and appraisal capture the clearest data and promote continuous learning that ensures shared accountability and enhanced investment impact.
USTDA collects data directly from program stakeholders, evaluates impact and provides analysis on every USTDA- funded project to help inform the Agency’s most important investment decisions. This robust, evidence- based practice guides USTDA’s proactive approach to shaping its demand-driven program activities and determining the best ways to direct resources to achieve intended outcomes.
The Agency’s methodology also ensures a credible and significant link between the range of activities USTDA has funded and the $74 billion in U.S. exports it has contributed to since its founding in 1992. In addition to U.S. export information, USTDA also conducts a full consideration of development impact measures as part of its statistical base of data. These indicators are crucial to assessing the enduring impact of USTDA’s support in emerging economies.
In 2020, USTDA conducted 408 evaluations — taking in a comprehensive range of data from ongoing programs through project completion. The resulting information demonstrated not only tangible program outcomes, but also provided a clear direction to foster a culture of continuous programmatic learning and improvement.
$1B
NEW EXPORTS IDENTIFIED IN 2020
$74B
EXPORTS SINCE 1992
408
PROJECT EVALUATIONS
On average, for every $1 USTDA invested in its programs, $112 in U.S. exports were generated — demonstrating the Agency’s ability to support U.S. industry, while earning a strong return on investment for U.S. taxpayers.
What does a dollar do at USTDA?
$1
Invested
$112
Return on Investment in U.S. Exports
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