How to Simplify the Results Framework
An interesting idea was shared in the Praxis Workshop that I just attended - how to measure the success of your programme using a results framework.
That made me think about its use outside evaluation. I put together the toolkit attached to help the results framework be more relevant to your work.
This hierarchy has three layers - outputs/activities, outcomes, and the change/s, instead of the four in the results framework - outputs, intermediate results, strategic objectives, and goals.
You go up this simpler ladder just like a normal results chain. Your outputs and activity should set the outcomes you're looking for in motion. If they're successful, they'll lead to the changes you're hoping for.
Looking at it, I saw some great applications when designing a project too. You can use this simple three-step how-to to make sure that there's a linkage throughout and a clear causality. Simplifying it removes the intermediate results and strategic objectives since that can get complex and cloud the measurement of results.
When monitoring, you can also ask yourselves more straightforward questions - what did this activity immediately lead to? How have those outcomes helped us see change? In this way, you can also evaluate the successes of specific interventions and make direct links 'up' the chain.
Let me know how else you would use this structure!