Outcome mapping (OM) is a methodology for planning and assessing development programming that is oriented towards change and social transformation. OM provides a set of tools to design and gather information on the outcomes, defined as behavioural changes, of the change process. OM helps a project or program learn about its influence on the progression of change in their direct partners, and therefore helps those in the assessment process think more systematically and pragmatically about what they are doing and to adaptively manage variations in strategies to bring about desired outcomes. OM puts people and learning at the centre of development and accepts unanticipated changes as potential for innovation.
The original book published by IDRC in 2001. It explains the origins and principles of the OM approach and the steps involved.
An online guide launched in 2014, built on a growing set of practical contributions from OMLC members.
Outcome Mapping: A method for tracking behavioural changes in development programs. By Terry Smutylo, co-founder of OM.
Produced by IDRC's Evaluation Unit, with contributions from Kaia Ambrose, Sarah, Earl, Jan Van Ongevalle and Julius Nyangaga.
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