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October 23, 2023

The next level, outputs are typically the result of several completed activities. For example: After finishing this introduction course, you have the knowledge and some skills to monitor and evaluate.

In development and governance, an output is delivered if a group of people or an organization has improved capacities, abilities, skills, systems, policies or if something is created, built or repaired.

Outputs are the direct result of a set of activities and delivered during the implementation of a program, a policy or a service. Outputs are different from the next level of results—outcomes—because you largely have control over delivering outputs. That means that if we—and our partners—have the resources and the time to deliver a certain output, we can largely guarantee that the output will be delivered. That also means that, in turn, we are fully responsible for delivering an output. Typical outputs are a draft policy document for a ministry, a media outreach campaign, improved skills for, and so on.