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Results-based management

Results-based management (RBM) is a program/project life cycle approach to management. It integrates:

The approach focuses on:

Global Affairs Canada uses RBM to effectively and efficiently manage Canada's international assistance. It is more than just a set of tools; it is a management approach and a way of working that looks beyond activities and outputs to focus on actual result, the outcomes of projects and programs.


We use RBM to better manage Canada's international assistance program from start to finish: planning and implementation, evaluations, and reporting and integrating lessons learned into the development of future programs


The policy is supported by a comprehensive guide for the application of RBM in international assistance programming.

The following tip sheets and checklists are designed to help users navigate sections of the RBM guide:

Advancing Human Rights and RBM: The following document outlines how to take a human rights perspective throughout the lifecycle of an initiative. It helps applicants consider human rights in order to inform the initiative’s theory of change, expected outcomes, and monitoring strategy. It also provides guidance on planning, designing and implementing an initiative in a human rights-sensitive manner.

Tools and templates

The following tools make it easier to manage for results throughout the entire life cycle of an investment or project for Global Affairs Canada staff, partners and executing agencies. Global Affairs Canada has standard templates for these tools:

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