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This report presents the assessment of an independent evaluation conducted by the Evaluation Office of UNDP of the adoption of results based management (RBM) as an approach. The main purpose of this evaluation is to examine the degree to which RBM has fostered a results culture within the organization, enhanced capacity to make better management decisions, and strengthened UNDP’s contribution to development results.
The evaluation concludes that UNDP is largely managing for outputs rather than outcomes and that the linkages between outputs and intended outcomes are not clearly articulated. The introduction of corporate systems and tools, which have had some efficiency benefits, have not however, strengthened the culture of results in the organization or improved programmatic focus at the country level. The current approach of defining and reporting against centrally defined outcomes tends to undermine UNDP’s responsiveness and alignment to nationally defined outcomes and priorities. The evaluation makes a number of recommendations to address these and other challenges.