Audit of USAID/Nicaragua’s Education Activities

Recommendations

Recommendation 1

USAID/Nicaragua, in conjunction with its partners, develop a plan for testing the impact of the active teaching and learning model and the new curriculum. As part of this plan, the possibility of conducting randomized trials should be considered.

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Recommendation 2

USAID/Nicaragua, in conjunction with its partners, develop a strategy to build on PRONICASS' successes and widen reform efforts in the Ministry of Education.

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Recommendation 3

USAID/Nicaragua reach an agreement with the Ministry of Education and its partners to (a) provide sufficient materials to implement the active teaching and learning model and (b) provide instructions to mentor schools for distributing the materials.

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Recommendation 4

USAID/Nicaragua update its performance management plan to include performance targets and actual results for the education program's current performance indicators and delete any performance indicators that are no longer considered relevant.

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Recommendation 5

USAID/Nicaragua include reporting on its performance management plan indicators in the next operating plan results report.

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Recommendation 6

USAID/Nicaragua, in conjunction with its partners, develop and implement a system to reasonably ensure that reported information is accurate.

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