Results-based Management

What is results-based management (RBM)?

RBM is a program/project life-cycle approach to management that integrates strategy, people, resources, processes and measurements to improve decision-making, transparency, and accountability. The approach focuses on achieving outcomes, implementing performance measurement, learning, and adapting, as well as reporting on performance.

How is RBM used for international development at DFATD

RBM in the international development context has a long history at DFATD and has been used, in one form or another, for over 30 years. The former CIDA's first official RBM policy was released in 1996 and a revised and updated policy was approved in 2008.

RBM is not a tool, but rather a way of working that looks beyond activities and outputs to focus on actual results; the outcomes of projects and programs.

DFATD uses RBM to effectively and efficiently manage Canada's international development aid.

The Program Coherence and Effectiveness Division (PCC) of DFATD’s Strategic Policy Branch supports the Department’s sound practice of results-based management.

For further information, please contact PCC’s RBM Centre of Excellence (RBMce)

  • RBM - Key Policy Documents: Former CIDA's 2008 RBM Policy and supporting documents
  • RBM - Guides: For understanding RBM for international developemnt at DFATD - from theory to practice
  • RBM - Templates: For working with DFATD's three main RBM tools in the international development context; Logic Model (LM), Performance Measurement Framework (PMF); and Risk Register.
  • RBM - Related Sites