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Glossary: Outcome monitoring

Term

Outcome monitoring 

Definition

the basic tracking of variables that have been adopted as measures or “indicators” of the desired program outcomes. Outcome monitoring does not infer causality; changes in outcome could be attributable to multiple factors, not just the program.  With national AIDS programs, outcome monitoring is typically conducted through population-based surveys (representative of the target population, not necessarily the general population) to track whether desired outcomes have been reached; it may also track information directly related to program clients, such as change in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, skills, behaviors, access to services, policies, and environmental conditions.

Type of Term

Monitoring and Evaluation 

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Prepared by the Evaluation Technical Working Group of the
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group
June 2008
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Created at 9/3/2008 1:25 PM  by Nkateko Okwera 
Last modified at 9/3/2008 1:25 PM  by Nkateko Okwera 
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