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Outcome (Result)

An external consequence attributed, in part, to an organisation, policy, program or initiative. Outcomes are not within the control of a single organization, policy, program, project or initiative; instead they are within the area of the organisation\'s influence. Outcomes are usually further qualified as immediate, intermediate, or ultimate (final), expected and direct. (Adapted from Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, 2009). Three types of outcomes are particularly relevant for the National Crime Prevention Centre and are defined as: Immediate Outcome: An outcome that is directly attributable to a project's outputs. In terms of time frame and level, these are short-term outcomes and are often at the level of an increase in awareness of a target population. Intermediate Outcome: An outcome that is expected to occur once one or more immediate outcomes have been achieved. In terms of time frame and level, these are medium term outcomes and are often at the change of behaviour level among a target population. Final Outcome: The highest-level outcome that can be reasonably attributed to a project in causal manner, and is the consequence of one or more intermediate outcomes having been achieved. These outcomes usually represent the raison d'être of a project. They are long-term outcomes that represent a change of state of a target population. Ultimate outcomes of individual projects contribute to the higher-level departmental strategic outcomes.

Source: reproduced with the permission of the Government of Canada

added by
Burkhard Hasenpusch
German Congress on Crime Prevention (GCOCP)

french: Résultat