Many of the challenges inherent in impact measurement are unique to different areas of development. For governance and accountability programmes, a central challenge lies in tracking, quantifying and attributing changes in behaviour and influence amongst political actors. Programmes that work with CSOs must also measure improvements in the capacity of their partners to influence this change. To tackle both of these issues, IDAS is implementing an innovative tool called Outcome Mapping in our work managing DFID’s Accountability in Tanzania (AcT) programme. [Link to AcT page]. Outcome Mapping was first developed by the International Development Research Centre and AcT has been a pioneer in applying the methodology on the ground. The method offers CSOs a framework to systematically track the outcomes of their work. In this way, anecdotes accumulate to become evidence and organisations can begin to assess with more confidence what works and what doesn’t. This assessment is also used to inform organisation focus and strategy, ultimately improving the CSO’s capacity.
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