The 10 steps to doing Easy Outcomes are summarized here (for more detail see the Steps page. You are unlikely to have to do all of these steps, for instance when doing evaluation you will just focus on the steps with the word Evaluation written after them.

Step 1. Plan your Easy Outcomes work

1. Plan your Easy Outcomes work, identify who is going to be involved in what way in the process. Evaluation.

Step 2. Build an outcomes model & check the evidence for it

2a. Build an outcomes logic model of the program, organization, sector or collaboration. Evaluation.

2b. Check the evidence for the model as an accurate picture of the world. Evaluation.

Step 3. Map your activities & priorities onto the model

3a. Identify strategic priorities for your next planning period.  (If just doing evaluation and monitoring you will not do this step).

3b. Map current or planned activities onto your model.  Use this to work out where there are gaps between what you are doing and your strategic priorities identified above.

Step 4. Identify indicators which measure outcomes

4a. Put indicators onto the model. Use this to find out what you are, and are not, currently able to measure.  

4b. Identify indicators attributable to particular players. Ones that everyone will agree have been changed by particular players (you may not have to do this step in every situation).

4c. Identify indicator targets and success criteria. These set the levels for making a judgment as to whether an intervention is successful or not. Evaluation.

4d. List any indicator project(s) for improving or developing new indicators.

Step 5. Identify evaluation questions & evaluation projects

5a. Put evaluation questions onto the outcomes model. Use this to limit your own, and stakeholders, confusion caused by the same evaluation question being asked using different language. Evaluation.

5b. List evaluation questions going to be answered. Not all evaluation questions will always be answered in every evaluation. You will review this list in the light of Step 5c immediately below. Evaluation.

5c. Assess possible outcome evaluation designs. Identify which (if any) of the seven possible outcome evaluation designs used in Easy Outcomes are appropriate, feasible and affordable in this instance and document your decision. Evaluation.

5d. List priority evaluation project(s) for answering the priority evaluation questions. Evaluation.

5e. Identify evaluation methods for evaluation projects. Select from the list of evaluation methods used in Easy Outcomes. Evaluation. 

Step 6. Identify possible economic evaluation

6. Identify possible economic evaluation from the list of types of economic evaluation used in Easy Outcomes. Evaluation.

Step 7. Decide on piloting or full roll-out outcome evaluation

7. Decide on piloting or full roll-out outcome evaluation. Is outcome evaluation going to be attempted on the full roll-out or just in a pilot phase and only best practice application monitored on full roll-out? Evaluation.

Step 8. Identify evaluation management issues

8. Identify evaluation management issues which need to be dealt with (e.g. consultation with stakeholders, risk management). Evaluation.

Step 9. Select outcomes-focused contracting arrangements

9. Select outcomes-focused contracting arrangements - Easy Outcomes identifies three possible contracting arrangements - contracting for attributable indicators (outputs only); for attributable indicators (outputs) and 'managing for outcomes'; or for not fully controllable outcomes. Select amongst these and use the visualized outcomes model to identify accountabilities in discussions on contracting or delegation. 

Step 10. Use the outcomes model for reporting back results

10. Use for your model for reporting back. Use many aspects of the Easy Outcomes model you have built for reporting back to decision-makers and stakeholders (e.g. on progress on indicators, on findings from evaluation questions, in contract reporting). Evaluation.

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