Case Studies and Examples

These case studies focus on the practical experiences of programmes that are working towards compliance with, or that are using, the DCED Standard.

Recent case studies

Measuring Changes in Indicators


The following case studies were produced as part of the DCED Practical Guidelines for Conducting Research (2013):

Measuring Attribution

Measuring Attribution: a practical framework to select appropriate attribution methods. This includes four sub-cases:

Capturing Wider Changes in the Market or System

Using Results for Adaptive Management

Sector-Specific Case Studies


Business Training and Skills Development:


  • Tractor leasing, DFID/PrOpCom Nigeria, 2011: This case shows how all the elements of the Standard have been integrated into activities. It illustrates the translation of results chains, with projected impacts, into a measurement plan. Also see their assessment of systemic change brought by this programme.
  • Maize production in Bangladesh, Swisscontact Katalyst, 2011: Katalyst is advanced in its work towards the Standard. The case outlines its experience with each component of the Standard, providing examples of how results measurement has improved programme management. It also includes a detailed measurement plan.
  • Palm oil production, GTZ Thailand, 2010: In this case study, all the elements of the Standard have been integrated into the results measurement system, and results measurement is part of regular programme management. It shows the transition from a sector-level results chain to a measurement plan, with example measurements and projections.

DCED Global Seminars on Results Measurement

2016 Seminar on Results Measurement

The third Global Seminar took place in March 2016; it featured presentations and discussions on cutting-edge themes such as measuring women’s economic empowerment, assessing attribution, measuring job creation, and using results information to manage programmes. Sessions included plenaries and break-outs, with time for discussion between the 130 participants. The full agenda, presentations and relevant links are available from the dedicated page – which also includes a final summary report.

2014 Seminar on Results Measurement

The second Global Seminar took place in March 2014, featuring the experiences of 10 field programmes that have used the DCED Standard for Results Measurement; it also looked at cross-cutting themes, such as what we have learned to date about the audit process, and the interface with evaluation. For more information, presentations and handouts, go to our page for the 2014 Seminar.

2012 Seminar on Results Measurement

For all of the presentations, additional materials, and video interviews with many of the speakers at the 2012 Seminar, click here.