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Methodology

Methodology for PART Reviews

The Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) was developed and implemented by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as a standardized process for determining program effectiveness in a consistent way across agencies.  Programs that are reviewed receive scores on a scale of 0 to 100 in each of four weighted sections: program purpose and design (weighted 20 percent), strategic planning (10 percent), program management (20 percent), and program results/accountability (50 percent).  Weighted scores are combined and translated into one of four ratings (effective, moderately effective, adequate, ineffective); or a rating of results not demonstrated is given if the program does not have agreed-upon performance measures or lacks baseline performance data. 

Over a five-year period, most government programs will be evaluated under this process.  Results of PART reviews are used by agencies as one component of justifying their budget requests.  OMB’s Web site provides one-page summaries [PDF, 3.3MB] and full detailed PART reviews for all agencies.

Throughout the text, FY means fiscal year and SY means school year.