Practitioners are working in complex, rapidly changing environments. In order to 'get started', they have to come up with a working hypothesis: 'if we do x, then maybe y will follow, and then we hope to achieve z'. Clearly, that hypothesis will always be based on imperfect information and understanding; it is therefore particularly important to know, as events unfold, whether it is proving to be valid, needs to be adjusted or perhaps even abandoned.
The DCED Standard is a framework which helps practitioners to articulate the hypothesis very clearly, and to systematically set and monitor indicators which show whether events are occurring as expected. This empowers programmes to learn and adapt based on the monitoring data which they collect – which many would say is simply good management.
Using the Standard in this way also helps programmes to measure results to a reasonable degree of rigour - to a better level of quality than many programmes. An independent audit service can inform donors and evaluators about the quality of the monitoring system.
Over 100 projects are implementing the DCED
Standard, in sectors ranging from value chain development to challenge funds, to business environment reform (this map will be updated shortly with a more interactive version). The Standard
is increasingly recognised as best practice in results measurement.
Donors have included the Standard in their
tender documents, and many other donors look favourably upon it in bids.
It is referred to in documents from DFID, OECD, UNDP, and others. Case studies from projects across Africa, Asia, Europe and Australasia show the benefits of implementing the DCED Standard.
Some documents are also available in French and Spanish, listed below.
Los siguientes documentos están disponibles en español.