Outcome mapping (OM) is a methodology for planning, monitoring and evaluating development initiatives in order to bring about sustainable social changes.
At the planning stage, the process of outcome mapping helps a project team or program be specific about the actors it intends to target, the changes it hopes to see and the strategies appropriate to achieve these. For ongoing monitoring, OM provides a set of tools to design and gather information on the results of the change process, measured in terms of the changes in behavior, actions or relationships that can be influenced by the team or program.
OM provides a set of tools that can be used stand-alone or in combination with other planning, monitoring and evaluation systems to:
· Identify individuals, groups or organizations with whom project will work directly to influence behavioral change;
· Plan and monitor behavioral change and the strategies to support those changes;
· monitor internal practices of the project or program to remain effective;
· Create an evaluation framework to examine more precisely a particular issue.
OM is a robust methodology that can be adapted to a wide range of contexts. It enhances team and program understanding of change processes, improves the efficiency of achieving results and promotes realistic and accountable reporting.
OM involves 12 steps in three stages: intentional design, Outcome and performance monitoring and evaluation planning.
NLR Nepal uses the approach of Outcome Mapping as PME tool. All the partners of NLR Nepal are adopting this approach in executing NLR supported projects.