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Outcome Mapping in Social Accountability

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  • #1876


    Hi all,

    A few days ago, Alan Hudson (Global Integrity) and Blair Glencorse  (Accountability Lab) reached out with a query:

    What do we know about the use and potential of  Outcome Mapping in Social Accountability Interventions? 

    Outcome mapping is “a methodology for planning, monitoring and evaluating development initiatives in order to bring about sustainable social change. As the name suggests, its niche is understanding outcomes; the so-called ‘missing-middle’ or ‘black box’ of results that emerge downstream from the initiative’s activities but upstream from longer-term economic, environmental, political or demographic change”

    We collected a small number of resources, with Simon O’Meally  and Brendan Halloran (T/AI( ‘s input. The resources are below.

    Please, join in the conversation here or at the GPSA Knowledge Platform – and feel free to shape it so that it helps your needs!

    Other ideas/suggestions to get us up to speed on pros, cons, potential and alternatives to Outcome Mapping for social accountability?


    Florencia  Guerzovich

    OM into the Mwananchi program (here:

    OM mainstreaming  in the AcT program in Tanzania.

    10 case studies of  outcome harvesting in multi-stakeholder projects in open contracting, health, education, etc. . via The World Bank

    On OM in a range of areas, here:

    Resources from the outcome mapping community of practice from 101s to reflections after 10 years of applying the method. All here:

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      Aaron Azelton

      At the National Democratic Institute (NDI) we have used a form of outcome mapping to help better understand the changes that might result from different types of “political-process monitoring.” The study can be found here: . It complements a basic toolkit to support five different types of monitoring. The toolkit can be found here: .

      Both of these pieces form part of an ongoing attempt within NDI to help civic actors navigate and influence the politics surrounding their attempts to hold government accountable. NDI is currently supporting several hundred civic groups, coalitions and networks globally. In each case, these partners are working to alter power relations between citizen and government.

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    Just wondering how social accountability would work in scenarios challneging as crackdown of governments on CSOs: want to get your thoughts:–down-on-civil-societies–NGOs/-/2558/2509150/-/item/1/-/dth7t7/-/index.html

    How would outcome mapping repsond to such in social accountability initiatives? Think its one major challenge as understanding outcomes becomes really distorted.

  • #3667


    I’m interested in the mapping concept. I wonder if outcome mapping would require roles mapping first to link outcomes back to the role of the organization? Or are outcomes and roles not necessarily directly related.

  • #3668


    I’m interested in the mapping concept. I wonder if outcome mapping would require roles mapping first to link outcomes back to the role of the organization or players? Or are outcomes and roles not necessarily directly related. Can anyone provide some starting points for researching this issue?

  • #3699


    Thanks everyone for your contributions. Great resources and papers. Definitely interested in ‘starting points’.

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