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Outcome Mapping – resources and links
This page gives a brief introduction to the 'Outcome Mapping' evaluation approach, with links to the Outcome Mapping manual, the Outcome Mapping Learning community, some introductory presentations and videos, and case studies.
Outcome Mapping is a monitoring and evaluation approach that seeks to understand how a project has contributed to changes in relationships, practices and actions of the stakeholders and partners that the project directly influences. Many people find this focus on changes in people affected by a project or programme more concrete and easier to grasp than the more abstract and disembodied outputs and outcomes of logical framework approaches.
Outcome mapping is a participatory approach to planning, monitoring and evaluation where stakeholders and partners define the changes expected from a project, ‘progress markers’ that illustrate these changes, and are involved in dialogue about progress overall. It is particularly useful for evaluation of projects involving multiple stakeholders with changing relationships over time.
Outcome mapping recognises that there are many factors outside of a project’s control that may have a bearing on its progress and seeks to understand the contribution the project has made to change, rather than attempting to claim definitive attribution of changes. It supports ongoing reflection and learning and recognition that the environment in which the project is taking place may also change over time in a way that the project may need to respond to. For this reason it does not employ a fixed set of indicators decided at the start of a project. It still aims to be clear about the kinds of changes to be tracked at the outset, but recognises that these may change over the course of the project.
Outcome Mapping learning community
Outcome Mapping is now used by many organisations, in particular in international development. This learning community includes a lively discussion list, and a lot of links to case studies, videos, manuals and resources: http://www.outcomemapping.ca/
Original manual produced by IDRC – clear and user friendly with templates and examples (available in English, Arabic, Spanish, French Portuguese and Thai)
Short powerpoint ‘taster’ on Outcome Mapping by Robin Vincent: OM%20taster%20RV.pdf
Powerpoint presentation from the ‘Outcome Mapping learning community’ http://www.outcomemapping.ca/download.php?file=/resource/files/simonhearn_en_intro%20to%20om%20webinar_public.pdf
Frequently asked questions http://www.outcomemapping.ca/about/faqs.php#faq1
Short background paper illustrating the difference between Outcome Mapping and logical framework approaches and highlighting where Outcome mapping is most useful: http://www.odi.org.uk/sites/odi.org.uk/files/odi-assets/publications-opinion-files/5058.pdf
One of the developers of Outcome Mapping, Sarah Earl introduces the approach in a number of short films on You-tube:
General Introduction Part 1 (10 mins): Covers some of the key ideas underpinning outcome mapping and basics of the approach http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPL_KEUawnc
General Introduction Part 2 (7.5 minutes) Covers the idea of ‘Boundary partners’ – the people directly affected by the project and Progress marker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9jmD-mC2lQ&feature=relmfu
Issues and challenges Part 3 (5 mins) Baseline issues, situational analysis, data overload http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulXcE455pj4&feature=relmfu
Introduction to Outcome Mapping Webinar (I.5 hours) with Simon Hearn who is the facilitator of the ‘Outcome Mapping Learning Community’. Longer but a bit more comprehensive
Case studies from the Outcome Mapping Learning community:
Indonesia: VECO Indonesia, a sustainable agriculture and livelihoods project that used outcome mapping to enhance learning in its work: http://www.outcomemapping.ca/resource/resource.php?id=253
Madagascar: SAHA rural development and participatory planning: http://bit.ly/MS-case
Zimbabwe: Integrating environmental education into a secondary shools curriculum working with a range of different school stakeholders: http://bit.ly/ZB-case
Video on Madagascan rural development and how OM was applied in a rural development programme emphasising participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation with a range of different partners: http://vimeo.com/38146769
These introductory resources have been developed by Robin Vincent as part of supporting the Wellcome Trust linked community of practice on evaluation of public and community engagement.
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