WLE’s results-based management (RBM) strategy responds to the CGIAR Strategy and Results Framework (SRF) for 2016-30. It provides the conceptual underpinnings and operational approaches that guide how decisions will be made within the program based on a clear intent to achieve specific results, including how the program will learn and adapt to retain its relevance and focus.
As part of its RBM strategy, WLE has developed a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system that will ensure it moving towards a system of results based management. WLE’s M&E system is linked to the CGIAR Strategic Results Framework and focuses on focuses on:
- key outputs – the critical products and services produced by the program;
- research outcomes – the direct uptake of these products and services by next users, including the associated changes in capacity, behavior and practice implied; and
- development outcomes – the application of these direct results and changes at scale on the target individuals, communities and systems.
Supporting this is the formulation and role of assumptions in the realization of outcomes, the strength of evidence behind these, and the mechanisms for their review and revision.
The WLE approach to RBM focuses on both documenting evidence of achievement of outputs and research immediate outcomes (focus of the monitoring strategy), combined with building a convincing case that longer-term outcomes and impacts are likely to be achieved cost-effectively (focus of the learning strategy).
WLE has developed a planning and reporting system that will be upgraded in the coming years based on feedback and inputs.