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Outcome harvesting

Outcome harvesting is a method to identify, formulate then analyse and interpret the outcomes (positive and negative, intended or not) of an initiative. The process is stakeholder-centered and includes 6 steps that are helpful to collect evidence of what has changed for project stakeholders or beneficiaries and work backwards to evaluate whether and how the project has contributed to these changes. It is particularly adapted to evaluate dynamic and uncertain situations when it is difficult to precisely define objectives or actions to take, like with social innovations. This tool can be used for monitoring and evaluating projects. It goes beyond changes tracking to support learning about them: it is well-suited to get insights on the effectiveness of a project (rather than efficiency) as well as to understand the process of change and how each outcome is contributing.

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