PLANNING FOR RESULTS

THE ART OF SCIENCE OF DELIVERY

The art and science of delivering improvements in health care, education, food security, financial services, and other arenas to the people that need them most—at scale, effectively, efficiently, and sustainably

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Target Setting – A Practical Guide

Target setting can sound easy in theory but is difficult to do in practice and many targets do not result in improved performance. In some instances people look at previous performance figures and suggest a target that looks ‘a bit better’. Others calculate targets as mathematical ‘steps’, making fixed increases, often with little thought as to how they will be achieved.

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Unblocking Results

It is now widely accepted that governance and institutions influence the provision of public services. Institutional economics and political economy theory have, for some time, provided compelling explanations of where public services are delivered, to whom and how well (Batley et al., 2012). Many of these insights were captured in, or stimulated by, the World Development Report 2004 – the seminal publication on the importance of accountability relationships in effective service provision. More recently, there has been a flurry of attention to supporting the ‘right sorts’ of institutions in development, with the orthodox version exemplified in the UK by Prime Minister Cameron’s ‘golden thread’ thesis pitted against alternatives (Booth, 2012b; Centre for the Future State, 2010)…

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Communicating development results

The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of the benefits and challenges of giving a more prominent role to communication in results-based management.  It is aimed at 3 target audiences: government communication professionals in the field of development; government officials working on results-based management; and the wider aid community.

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