Evaluating security assistance programs : performance evaluation and the Expanded International Military Education and Training (E-IMET) program
Calhoun, Todd R.
Roberts, Nancy C.
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In 1991 the International Military Education and Training (IMET) program was expanded to include training programs focusing on civilian control over the military, respect for human rights, and responsible defense resource management. In 1993 Congress institutionalized the federal government's commitment to performance measurement by signing into law the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). GPRA requires the Departments of State and Defense to demonstrate the results achieved by programs such as Expanded IMET (E-IMET). The purpose of this study is to address how the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) can tackle the challenge of measuring the effectiveness of the E-IMET program. A spectrum of approaches exists to evaluate public programs and is anchored on one end by the "technically rational paradigm" and on the opposite end by the "politically rational paradigm." By organizing the security assistance objectives of key E-IMET stakeholders into a Global Hierarchy the researcher was able to link the E-IMET program to national level goals, creating an objective baseline from which to measure the performance of the program. Individual objectives hierarchies were then created for each E-IMET objective and performance indices were proposed to meet the requirements of the GPRA mandate
Distinguished Alumni Award Program author. CAPT Todd Calhoun, USMC (Ret) (Presented 25 July 2012)
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