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Distinguishing outputs, outcomes and impacts

In addition to outputs and outcomes, charities often monitor impacts of their activities.  Impacts are long term high-level effects, typically the strategic goals of the charity, for example reducing child poverty.  This paper provides a clear explanation of the differences between outputs, outcomes and impacts, in the context of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of international relief and development activities. 

A second paper also explains outputs, outcomes and impacts.  In addition, it introduces the idea of a theory of change, a statement that explains “why we think certain actions will produce desired change in a given context”, as the basis for developing indicators to measure outputs, outcomes and impacts and provides guidance on the development of indicators.

Sunday 10th January 2021
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