What is an outcomes approach?
Outcomes are the changes your project achieves. An outcomes approach helps you understand the relationship between what you do and why you do it. It helps you understand what is working and supports you to evidence change. Your project aim, outcomes and activities should all be related.
- Each of your outcomes should respond the need you have identified.
- Every activity you plan to deliver should relate to at least one of your outcomes.
All of your outcomes should align with the overall difference your project hopes to make.
Outputs are not the same as outcomes!
- Outputs focus on the number of activities carried out.
- Outcomes focus on the changes that occur as a result of the activities.
Youth Music supports organisations to take an outcomes approach to delivering projects. Outcomes are the changes your project achieves.
You decide what outcomes you think your project should achieve. You also decide how you will check to see if your project achieves these outcomes. Your evaluation plan captures this information.
Youth Music is interested in outcomes in 5 areas:
- Musical, personal and social outcomes for children and young people.
- Outcomes for the music workforce. (Changes in the way we work.)
- Outcomes for the organisations for which we work. (Changes in our organisations.)
How evaluation data is used
The information submitted by grantholders is used in a number of ways:
- To learn about the impact of our investment.
- To produce reports and resources.
- To identify what works and share what we learn with others.
- To inform how we make funding decisions and design our programmes.