USAID Education Cost Measurement Tools
The USAID Center for Education cost measurement initiative works to establish systems and processes for capturing and analyzing the costs of education interventions, increases transparency to allow for the linkage of costs to outcomes, and enables value-for-money analysis, thus providing a pathway toward resource optimization across programs and contexts.
The Cost Reporting Guidance (2021) and the Cost Analysis Guidance (2021) for USAID-funded education activities build on the existing USAID systems and best practices with collection and analysis of cost data. These guidance notes lay the foundation for routinization of cost measurement as part of the ongoing improvement of the evidence base in the education sector, with the overarching objective of improving sustainability, planning and management, and overall value for money of USAID investments in the education sector.
Tools and Templates
To reduce the burden on implementing partners and those analyzing cost data and ensure a standardized reporting and analysis process, USAID provides a number of tools and templates for use in cost reporting and analysis.