An introduction to Outcome Mapping: building monitoring processes infused with evaluative-thinking (F3)


For more than 10 years, Outcome Mapping (OM) has been used as a participatory design, monitoring and evaluation tool that captures a contribution an initiative makes to change in social actors, while enabling evaluative thinking and reflective practice, promoting critical assessment of changes in diverse systems players and their relationships, providing nuanced stories of achievement, and offering a platform for empowerment, validation and capacity building of those involved in evaluative thinking and developmental evaluation. At the same time, OM monitoring and evaluation still faces challenges of data prioritization and management, as well as use of findings.

This workshop will review the key theoretical underpinnings and the practical steps of OM, and explore what OM can offer to organizations and their evaluative processes (with a focus on MONITORING). Participants will complete several group work exercises, as well as discuss the usefulness of OM for their contexts. Interested participants can explore (including the free downloadable manual) if they wish to know more about OM before signing up for this workshop.


Kaia Ambrose and Terry Smutylo

Kaia Ambrose has been facilitating Outcome Mapping, results-based management and related sessions for more than 10 years. Recent work has included developing an OM-based monitoring system with the health sciences department at the University of Honduras, crafting a complementary OM monitoring process to the results-based management system for a governance program with CARE Tanzania and conducting a mid-term evaluation using OM for Oxfam Canada. She has authored several case studies on OM.

Terry Smutylo created International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Evaluation Unit in 1992 and served as its Director until 2005. He has led teams that have developed several internationally recognised methodologies, including Organisational Self- Assessment, Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment and Outcome Mapping. Since leaving IDRC Terry has worked as an Outcome Mapping trainer & facilitator and as an independent evaluation consultant with international development organisations in Canada, United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Latin America.

Workshop Level



Basic knowledge and/or experience of program/project planning and assessment.

Date and time

Sunday, June 15, 2014
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Alignment with CE Designation Competencies

  • Respects all stakeholders
  • Specifies program theory
  • Examines organizational, political, community and social contexts
  • Identifies the interests of all stakeholders
  • Uses facilitation skills