Guidelines to the DCED Standard for Results Measurement

Articulating the results chain

Adam Kessler Nabanita Sen
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The DCED Standard specifies eight elements of a successful results measurement system. This guide covers the first element; articulating the results chain. 

Results chains are drawn by programmes to articulate how their activities will trigger different levels of changes leading ultimately to development impact (e.g. increased trade, increased income, job creation etc.) The results chain is a visual tool to show what the programme is doing, and why.

Six control points are outlined, and for each of these, guidance and compliance criteria are provided. The control points are:

  • a results chain is articulated explicitly for each intervention
  • each results chain is supported by adequate research and analysis
  • mid and senior level programme staff are familiar with results chains and use them to guide their activities, while key partners can explain the logic of interventions
  • results chains are regularly reviewed
  • results chain include the results of broader systemic change
  • the risk of displacement is taken into account.

Useful for:

All practitioners developing or working with results chains, in particular mid level managers and M&E practitioners developing results chains.