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Investments in development efforts are intended to lead to positive results and a change for the better in the lives of targeted populations. However, what happens if no one has clearly identified what is required for such change to take place, if clear results have not been defined, if criteria and indicators for success have not been identified, and if results are not measured and the learning integrated into future efforts?
For development interventions to be fit for context, engender or contribute to the desired change and reap the full benefits of investments made, development actors must not only be adept at analyzing how change happens and what is required to achieve that change in their particular context. They must also be able to clearly define and continuously measure and learn from the results of their efforts.
From the outset, the aid effectiveness agenda has had a strong focus on the need to achieve and show results. The Paris Declaration called on developing countries and donors to shift their emphasis to a focus on results and the second common principle on ‘a focus on results’ incorporated in the Busan Partnership stressed that:
“Having a sustainable impact should be the driving force behind investments and efforts in development policy making.”
Results based management (RBM) approaches have consequently come to the forefront. Yet capacities to manage development processes, programmes and projects in line with RBM principles and a solid understanding of how change happens in complex environments, often remain limited.
This course on Results Based Management will focus on practical approaches and tools to ensuring more results-focused development interventions and help practitioners identify and support solutions that will truly make a change for the better.
The course is aimed at familiarizing participants with RBM and support them to identify opportunities for integrating RBM principles in their work. Following the course, participants should be able to:
- Lead or support the application of RBM principles in programmes and projects
- Master the application and use of key RBM tools
- Develop and manage more streamlined and results-oriented interventions
- Guide and mentor colleagues and partners on the application of RBM tools and approaches
- Explain the rationale and benefits of RBM to colleagues and other relevant stakeholders
The course will present and discuss RBM concepts, approaches and tools and provide participants with practical skills and experience in utilizing these by supporting participants to apply them in a manner directly relevant to the strategies, programmes or projects, with which they are involved at their organization.
The course will comprise of the following modules:
- Introduction to RBM and the global Aid Effectiveness agenda
- Planning for results
- Monitoring results
- Evaluating results
- Action planning
The course is intended for senior staff from Government ministries or agencies, the private sector and civil society, who are strategically involved in formulating and/or managing development strategies, programmes or projects. Participants must be involved in Danida-supported development cooperation activities and must have a good working knowledge of English.
Place of Study
The course will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, facilitated by COWI, a leading Danish multi-disciplinary consulting company. The course constitutes the central element in a learning journey that will start once you and your organization have been selected for the course.
The course is co-funded by Danida Capacity Development Support Programme. After selection of course participants the Danida programmes/projects are charged a non-refundable amount of DKK 7,000 per participant per tutorial week. Total funding needs are DKK 14,000 per participant. This covers study fees, accommodation at a centrally located hotel, allowances, insurances and international transport.
The full course schedule can be seen here.