Heading anywhere special?
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CTA. 2002. Heading anywhere special?. Spore 100. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Outcome mapping. Building learning and reflection into development programs
Out on the street, and in the seminar room, and in Spore, the talk is of risk. How do you calculate risk, how can you minimise it, or protect yourself? See, for example, the article about the risks of commodity prices in Spore 98. The talk is also of impact assessment, about how to measure the change which your actions may bring about. Put risk assessment and impact assessment together, and you have a fairly powerful tool for working out the probable course and outcome of your actions. It is a complex science, and one that needs to be simplified before a non-specialist can apply it to managing agricultural activities. A superb start has been made in opening up this science in Outcome mapping, which claims to have an original approach in shifting away from assessing the products of a programme to focusing on changes in behaviour, relationships, actions and activities of the people, groups and organisations involved in a development process. It helps in the design of a project, in monitoring its performance and planning its evaluation. There is a new skill emerging in management and in networking, and it is called mapping. Like the cartographers of old, you can sketch where you have been, be attentive about your journey, and know with some certainty where you are going. Just for your projects where you are going in your life is something else. Outcome mapping. Building learning and reflection into development programs S Earl, F Carden and T Smutylo. IDRC, 2001. 152 pp. ISBN 0 88936 959 3 CAD 25 Euro 16.25 For IDRC s address see 'In short: water'