Course: Advanced Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting for Complex Development Programmes

2017 Annual Edition

Outcome Mapping: Wednesday-Friday, 14-16 June 2017
Outcome Harvesting: Monday-Wednesday, 19-21 June 2017

Our course

This is the 12th annual season of the Monitoring and Evaluation Professional Summer Training Programme for Development Experts and Practitioners. Over the years, the programme has been jointly promoted by the Centre for International Development (CID Bologna), the University of Bologna Department of Economic Sciences (DSE-Unibo), the Cattaneo Institute Research Foundation and the Center for International Development at the State University of New York (CID-SUNY).

Our focus this year is on two methods for planning, monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) – Advanced Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting – that enable programme managers to plan, implement and report on their outcomes in dynamic environments where development results can be both planned and unanticipated. The two modules on Advanced Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting are designed as tools for the adaptive management of complex development programmes, beyond the usual M&E methods of Result-Based M&E and the Logical Framework.

This Professional Summer Training Programme offers two proven tools that planners, managers, and evaluators of development programmes can use to manage risks, make informed decisions and support programme adaptation.

Outcome Mapping

Outcome Mapping is a set of tools used for planning, monitoring and evaluating interventions aimed at bringing about social, economic or technological change.
It is based on the idea that, to succeed, an intervention needs to involve multiple stakeholders, each with its own particular commitments, interrelationships and definitions of success.
Outcome Mapping tools help identify and create working relationships with and among the relevant actors.
It offers a template for creating mutually supportive intervention strategies.
It connects ‘outputs’ to ‘outcomes’ by focusing on the patterns of action and interaction among stakeholders.
By defining changes in these patterns of behaviour, influenced by an intervention, as outcomes, Outcome Mapping provides the basis for engaging participants in measuring, learning from and adapting their desired outcomes.

The Outcome Mapping module:

  • Introduces ‘complexity’ as it relates to planning monitoring and evaluating development initiatives;
  • Lays out seven practical steps for clarifying an intervention’s intentions;
  • Engages participants through discussion and break out group exercises in the application of the seven steps of the “Intentional Design” framework;
  • Applies complexity-oriented thinking in assessing the practical value of Outcome Mapping for different contexts and purposes.

Outcome Harvesting

Outcome Harvesting is used to identify, formulate, analyse and interpret what was achieved and how, regardless of whether it was pre-defined or not. When a project, programme or organization is implemented in dynamic uncertainty, conventional monitoring and evaluation can be inappropriate because what is done and what is achieved may vary considerably from the original plan.
The special value of the tool is that it enables people responsible for monitoring and evaluating development work to identify and formulate intended and unintended, positive and negative outcomes, determine how the intervention contributed to them and make sense of it all.

The Outcome Harvesting module includes:

  • Implications of complexity science for monitoring and evaluating development initiatives;
  • Practical exercises applying Outcome Harvesting to a case study written for this course;
  • Examples from real-life applications that demonstrate the principles underlying Outcome Harvesting approach;
  • Illustration of how Outcome Harvesting could be applied to a project that used Outcome Mapping as its planning framework

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