Outcomes are the anticipated change or results. These are changed behaviors or attitudes, knowledge or skills gained, or life-status changed. These address the value you provide to the people you serve.
Another helpful way to think of this is through this fill-in-the-blank. “As a result of your program or activity, you expect people will know/do/be _______, as evidenced by _______.” Typically, the evidence of outcomes are Outputs. You will then measure your outcomes. What you list as evidence of the Outcome is how you will measure if the outcome is being achieved.
Depending on your organization and the length of time your programs take to move people toward your outcomes, you may determine that you will break your outcomes into short term, mid-range, and long-term outcomes. By breaking outcomes into time frames could provide you with more immediate Evaluation data to ensure you’re on track toward your outcomes and could be useful with sharing with potential funders how you are on your way toward your long-term outcomes.
For example, a Muslim ministry’s long-term goal could be to bring a Muslim person to Christ. A short-term outcome might include a Muslim/Christian relationship that is solid enough for a safe faith discussion to happen.
Term commonly used in conjunction with each workshop, stating learning outcomes. Also used in conjunction with Strategic Planning.