15Outcome mapping (OM) is an integrated participatory monitoring and
evaluation (PM&E) system that looks at both development results and internal
performance within a program or project. It aims to strike a balance between
accountability and learning. OM focuses on changes in the behavior of direct
partners (as outcomes); assesses contributions to the achievement of outcomes;
and designs in relation to the broader development context. Focussing on changes
in partners’ behavior, relationships or actions allows a program to:
Outcome Mapping: Striking a
Balance Between Accountability and
|❑ measure results within its sphere of influence|
|❑ obtain feedback about its efforts to improve its performance|
|❑ take credit for its contributions to the achievement of outcomes|
|❑ show progress towards outcomes|
Outcome mapping looks at outcomes, for PM&E, in the context of achieving
developmental goals rather than focus on pure impacts.
Outcome Mapping in the NEPED Project Context
The Nagaland Empowerment of People through Economic Development Project
(NEPED) was Nagaland’s first donor-supported project. The implementing team
lacked capacity in management and reporting. There was a single-minded focus on
executing field activities without allowing for monitoring or evaluation of
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Book title: Participatory Research and Development for Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management: A Sourcebook.
Contributors: Julian Gonsalves - Editor, Thomas Becker - Editor, Ann Braun - Editor, Dindo Campilan - Editor, Hidelisa De Chavez - Editor, Elizabeth Fajber - Editor, Monica Kapiriri - Editor, Joy Rivaca-Caminade - Editor, Ronnie Vernooy - Editor.
Publisher: International Development Research Centre.
Place of publication: Ottawa.
Publication year: 2005.
Page number: 118.
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