The IBP Results Framework was developed, vetted and finalized by the IBP Strategic Planning Committee, Partners, and Steering Committee. The results within it comprise a strategy and are designed to reflect IBP's manageable interest over a five-year time frame. If diligently utilized by Partners, this result framework will not only guide IBP in reaching targeted results, but also serve as an instrument with which IBP plans, manages, monitors and reports upon its achievements.
Specifically, the IBP results framework is oriented to two major groups of results—one at the country level (outward-focused) and the other at the IBP Initiative level (inward-focused). These two groups of results correspond to the IBP’s recommended Key Customers.
Results frameworks can be interpreted from top to bottom (by answering, "How will we arrive at this result?”) or bottom to top (by reading, “if this result, then the next”). Likewise, results frameworks possess levels of results, which include outputs (at the bottom of the framework), outcomes (as one moves up the framework) and impact (at the highest level). While activities feed into the lowest-level of results, there are scenarios in which actions are needed to support the achievement of higher-level results.
The highest-level result that IBP will attempt to achieve (also known as our development hypothesis) is "Increased Scale-up of RH/FP effective practices”. We then ask the question, "How will we achieve this highest-level result?" As made clear during this strategic planning process, reaching this highest-level result (as well as those, at the field level) is predicated on a solidly functioning IBP Initiative. With this in mind, we move to the lowest level of IBP Initiative level results.
To begin, IBP activities will feed directly into the three lowest level results:
- Improved organizational infrastructure
- Improved IBP methods to facilitate the implementation of RH/FP effective practices and
- Improved IBP Knowledge Management methods.
These three results are considered critical to increasing the performance of the IBP Initiative.
Next, if the three lowest-level results are achieved, then we move upward to the next two key results:
- Improved capacity of IBP Member organizations to support the implementation of effective practices and
- Increased collaboration among IBP member organizations.
These two results are considered to be the nuclei of our results framework and are mutually reinforcing. They also are oriented to strengthen lower-level results.
Once the ‘nucleus’ level results are achieved, then IBP can move effectively into the first row of country-level results:
- Increased advocacy for utilization of RH/FP effective practices
- Increased country-level participation in RH/FP activities and
- Increased identification of high-priority effective practices at the country level.
This last result also feeds back into the nucleus result of increased collaboration among IBP member organizations.
If these country-level results are achieved, then IBP moves to the penultimate level of results:
- Improved enabling environment for the utilization of RH/FP effective practices at the country level
- Improved utilization of effective practices by the RH/FP community at the country level and
- Improved collaboration within the RH/FP community at the country level.
In addition to feeding up into the development hypothesis, the "Improved utilization of effective practices" result, also feeds into the results "Enabling environment" and "Improved collaboration".
If these collective results are met, then the IBP can achieve its highest-level result, or development hypothesis: Increased scale-up of country level effective practices.
Finally, and important to all results framework, two critical assumptions have been identified: (i) country-level organizations have the capacity to implement effective practices and (ii) government commitment to RH/FP exists. Also, monitoring takes place at both IBP Initiative and country levels as a crosscutting activity.