Guidelines to the DCED Standard for results measurement

Defining indicators of change and other information need

Published by
Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED)

The DCED Standard is a practical seven-step framework for results measurement, which helps practitioners to articulate their hypothesis clearly, and to systematically set and monitor indicators which show whether events are occurring as expected. This empowers programmes to learn and adapt based on the monitoring data which they collect – which many would say is simply good management.

Over 150 projects in more than 50 countries are currently implementing the DCED Standard, in sectors ranging from value chain development, to challenge funds, to business environment reform. 

Using the Standard also helps programmes to measure results to a reasonable degree of rigour. An independent audit service can inform donors and evaluators about the quality of the monitoring system.

Useful resources from the DCED

For each of the seven control points of the DCED Standard, the DCED has produced guidance documents. These guidelines explain what the control points mean and how to comply with them. They also provide links to further guidance and resources. 

The seven steps of the implementation guide cover:

  1. Articulating the results chain
  2. Defining indicators of change and other information needs
  3. Measuring attributable change
  4. Capturing wider change in the system or market
  5. Tracking costs and impact
  6. Reporting costs and results
  7. Managing the system for results measurement