Results-based approaches

How can a greater focus on results improve accountability, communication, direction and learning?

A policy paper and seven underlying case studies identify and document key themes, current challenges and good practice in results-based management by development co-operation providers.

Policy paper

Case studies of results-based management by providers

The ultimate goal for development co-operation providers is achievement of development outcomes and impact: real changes in the lives of beneficiaries in developing countries. Providers and their partners articulate the specific results they will achieve or contribute to in support of these development outcomes.

Results frameworks and results-oriented approaches spell out the means to generate and use results information at multiple levels and for multiple purposes, including accountability, communication, direction and learning.

Providers face six interrelated challenges in implementing their results-based management approaches:

  1. Goals: linking results to goals and building narratives
  2. Purpose: ensuring Results-Based Management approaches are fit for purpose
  3. Attribution: being realistic about attributing and aggregating results 
  4. Ownership: enabling country ownership of results information
  5. Performance: linking results and performance to inform delivery
  6. Culture: enhancing resources to build a learning culture

Sharing good practice

Results-based approaches of development co-operation providers

Insights from external reviews of results-based management approaches


Please share your good practice, evaluations and reviews of results by sending materials (as links) to: [email protected]