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Managing for results

For the EEA and Norway Grants, results-based management means making sure that the outcomes of all the programmes contribute to reaching the overall objectives of reducing economic and social disparities and strengthening bilateral relations. It also means making sure that the individual projects contribute to reaching the outcomes of the programme under which they are financed.

Managing for results means setting clear objectives for what you want to achieve and developing sound indicators for measuring progress.  A core element in results-based management is the so-called results chain; it illustrates the anticipated causal relationship between various elements over time.

To illustrate:

  • Outputs is what is being produced or delivered, for instance the building of a new school.
  • Outcome is the result of the output/s, for instance that more children will now have access to education.
  • Objective is the long term consequence, for instance a higher literacy rate. 
Results based management