Results-based monitoring (RBM) is the continuous, systematic monitoring and recording of project progress. It provides the team and the partners with regular information about the progress the programme has made towards achieving the intended results and indicates whether the planned process is likely to lead to the desired outcome.
Results-based monitoring serves to steer a project and supports operational planning. It helps promote dialogue within the project team and with the partners. It highlights areas where necessary changes could be made quickly and effectively. In addition, it provides important basic data for evaluations and reporting to the commissioning party. It also contributes to learning within the project.
For every project, the ‘results model’ is developed that step by step maps the intended change process. RBM helps to identify blind spots in the results model and to illuminate the programme’s results logic. This is done by openly recording the perspectives of key actors and stakeholders on the programme. This approach takes account of the complexity of development projects by allowing for unforeseen events.