DEFINITION: Contextual indicators are used to understand the broader environment in which a program operates, to track assumptions, or to examine externalities that may affect success, failure, or progress.
SOURCE: USAID (2010). Performance monitoring & evaluation tips: selecting performance indicators. Number 6, 2nd edition. USA.
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