Results in development co-operation

Results Community


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The Results Community is an informal network dedicated to results-based management for effective development co-operation. It is supported by the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) on behalf of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC).

How the community works

Staff from DAC provider or observer agencies who work in results-based management take part in the Results Community.  Staff from partner governments, think tanks, research bodies, civil society organisations, and other stakeholders who are involved in the results agenda are also involved in the Results Community on an ad hoc basis.

The purpose of the Results Community is to foster exchange and drive collective learning among development co-operation providers, their partners and other stakeholders.  Together, members share good practice, discuss common challenges and shape the results agenda.

The Results Team within the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate co-ordinates the community and creates opportunities for dialogue and learning via analytic work, bi-annual workshops and this website.

If you would like to learn more about the Results Community or our work, please send us an email at

Results Notice Board

Events and publications from the Results Community

 The OECD DAC Results team plans to commence two substantive pieces of work in the coming months:

  1. Synthesis of recent evaluations of RBM systems completed by donors and institutions, for example: Norway, Switzerland (SDC) and GEF (reports). Please let us know if your development co-operation agency has recently completed a similar assessment/ evaluation – or has one in the pipeline – that could inform this synthesis.
  2. Using the SDG framework for shared results – case studies and quantitative analysis based on selected targets/ indicators in 2-3 partner countries. As we scope this project, we will seek advice and support from members of the Results Community and other stakeholders.

Managing for Development Results - putting best practices into action

Finland learns from peers in an effort to further develop results-based management

On 14 December 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Finland hosted a results-based management seminar in Helsinki. Finland has been developing its results-based management (RBM) system for development policy since 2013. Recently the focus has turned to developing a holistic corporate level system, which has been influenced by the demand to present a comprehensive report to the Parliament on the results of Finland’s development policy. Finland’s OECD/DAC peer review – discussed at the DAC in October 2017 includes clear recommendations to continue the development of RBM further at all levels and for various purposes.

The event brought together key actors and stakeholders to learn about various approaches to RBM and to discuss how to make use of the best international practices and Agenda 2030 for strengthening RBM in Finland. The OECD/DAC Results Team presented an overview of different results approaches and recommendations for good practice. Also, speakers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sweden, the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and Save the Children Finland presented the latest developments in their results frameworks and approaches. The presentations and panel discussion generated useful dialogue on how Finland can move forward with RBM in the context of Agenda 2030 and was an excellent opportunity for peer learning, and exchange among members of the OECD/DAC Results Community.


Events, training and courses relevant to results-based management of development co-operation

On M&E methods relevant to RBM:

International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET), Bern, Switzerland, July 16-27, 2018
This is a very highly regarded evaluation course that has moved from Canada to Switzerland for the first time this year. Though more relevant for evaluation there are a few workshops in the second week that are relevant to RBM.

Adaptive Management: Working Effectively in the Complexity of International Development, Bologna, Italy, June 11-15, 2018

On use of data and new technology for M&E:

Innovations in Evaluation: Big Data, Blockchain, and Human-Centred Design for Development Programming , Jakarta, Indonesia, July 25-27, 2018

MERL Tech: Exploring the role of technology in monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning in development, Washington DC, September 6-7, 2018

On Private Sector Development:

Results Measurement for Sustainable Private Sector Development, Ede, The Netherlands, 20-24 August 2018, 

This 5-day course offers a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of all aspects that practitioners need to set up a practical results measurement system for internal learning and communicating credible results. This course targets intervention and results measurement staff and managers that are working in Private Sector Development programs.


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