Peer reviews of DAC members

Results Measurement and Management



DAC members and observers are committed to working with partner countries for development results. The goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are a common framework for improvements in people’s lives and for sustainability.

The DAC programme of work to Strengthen Development Results aims to assist DAC members, observers and partners in results-based management, ensuring that their results-enhancing efforts fit with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It builds on the idea that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 169 targets, most of which are formulated as outcomes, can and should be the results framework for international development co-operation.

The Programme of Work targets a community of managers and users of results information in DAC members, observers and partners. It proposes work around four themes: 

  • Corporate results reporting: Enhancing the practical use of results information for its different purposes by DAC members, observers and partners.
  • Development co-operation for SDGs: Integrating DAC’s results and development effectiveness agenda with the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Mutual accountability through results: Ensuring that development co-operation outcomes feed into institutions and processes of mutual accountability, aimed at behavioural change.
  • Results fit for the future: Developing a policy narrative and practical methodologies for results-based decision making across government departments and levels of governance. The results agenda can help move international co-operation beyond ODA.

The Results team of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) will deliver three work streams on these themes for DAC members, observers and partners:

i) Face-to-face workshops co-organised with DAC members.

ii) Knowledge products in the form of guidance notes and working papers.

iii) Support for an online results community for peer learning and communication.


Members Profile


A first assessment of results management and measurement in development agencies is available in chapter 6 of the Peer Reviews of DAC members


Results Workshops


Results in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: An SDG-based results Approach to the Development Co-operation - Key messages from a workshop held at OECD on 3-4 February 2016.

Making the most of the pressure for accountability” - 4-5 June 2015. Report on a seminar organised jointly by OECD and the French Agency for Development (AFD) to discuss practices and challenges to meet the pressure for accountability while abiding by international commitments for effective development co-operation. The summary record highlights some key messages from the seminar.

Technical workshop on results-based funding – 19-20 May 2014. OECD workshop which focused on emerging lessons and challenges in the design and implementation of such modalities.

Workshop on the Results Agenda - 29-30 October 2013.  The workshop focused on a selected number of major challenges in development agency practice in results management and provided an opportunity for mutual learning.


 Resources for Measuring and Managing Results




DAC Results Programme of Work - Update, OECD (June 2016)

The value-added of an SDG-based results approach to development co-operation - presentation, OECD (February 2016)

Measuring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals: the OECD Contribution - presentation, OECD (February 2016)

An SDG-based results framework for development co-operation - draft note, OECD (January 2016), Presentation (February 2016)

OECD DAC Programme of Work to Strengthen Development Results

Measuring and managing results in development co-operation - A review of challenges and practices among DAC members, OECD, (2014) - Also available in French (pdf), Presentation 

The review provides insights to current practices. It describes the strategic, organisational and technical challenges organisations face and presents the reader with concrete examples on how agencies have addressed important aspects of the results agenda. The review concludes with key dimensions to improve effective results measurement and management.


Development Results - Briefing Note, OECD (2013)

Managing and Measuring for Results - Survey Highlights


Joint Venture on Managing for Development Results – Policy BriefOECD DAC (2009)

Emerging good practice in managing for development results, source book, OECD DAC, World Bank (2008)

Survey on Monitoring the Paris Declaration: Overview of the Results, OECD (2006) 

Glossary of key terms in evaluation and results based management, OECD DAC (2002)

Managing for Development Results, aid effectiveness within the OECD



Designing a Results Framework for Achieving Results: A How to GuideWorld Bank IEG (2012)

Results-Based Management Tools at CIDA: A How-to GuideCIDA

Results Management in Norwegian Development Cooperation : A practical guideNorad (2008)

Ten Steps to a Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation SystemWorld Bank (2004)


Community of practices

A Report on the AfCOP Regional COMESA Meeting: Regional Integration Results – Its Everybody’s BusinessZambia, AfCOP (2013)

Framework for Results-Based Public Sector Management and Country CasesAsia-Pacific Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results (2011)

Managing For Development Results, A Focus on Africa, AfCoP CasebookAfCOP (2010)

Managing for Development Results: Progress and Challenges in Latin America and the CarribeanInter-American Development Bank (2010)


 International Support for Results 


Fourth High Level forum on aid effectiveness, Busan, Busan partnership for effective development co-operation (2011)

The Evaluation of the Paris Declaration – Phase 2 – Policy brief 2 : Aid reforms and better development resultsIOD PARC (2011)


 Reviews, Evaluation and Studies on Results 


The role of indicators in development cooperation: an overview study with a special focus on the use of key and standard indicators, DIE, Holzapfel (2014)

Implementing a Results-Based Approach to Strengthen IDA Support for Fragile StatesCenter for Global Development (2013)

Uncovering the Politics of Evidence and Results – A Framing Paper for Development Practitioners, Eyben (2013)

Cash on Delivery Aid: Implementation of a Pilot in EthiopiaCenter for Global Development (2012) 

Results-Based Aid (RBA), New aid approaches, limitations and the application to promote good governance, DIE, Klingebiel (2012) 

Hitting the target? Evaluating the effectiveness of results-based approaches to aid, EURODAD, Pereira and Villota (2012)

Managing for development resultsADB (2011)

Danida's Framework for Managing for Development Results 2011-2014DANIDA (2011) 

Results Reporting by Donor Agencies – Final Report, MDF and Goss Gilroy Inc (2011) 

Results-Based Approach in Finnish Development Cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs for Finland (2011)

Results for Justice DevelopmentSIDA (2011)

Results Based Management in Development Cooperation, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Vahamaki et al. (2011)

Overlooked Links in the Results Chain – Evaluation Brief 14World Bank IEG (2011) 

Results based management in the development co-operation agencies: a review of experience, DAC Working party on aid evaluation, Binnedijk (2000)


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