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Integrated Results Based Management: Better SDG results and reporting

One of the most commonly asked questions that we get at the Malaysian Evaluation Society is, how can I show the impact that my organisation/department/programme is making toward the Sustainable Development Goals?  Given that there are 17 global goals with 169 targets between them, this is a very good question.

While Results Based Management (RBM) can useful for assessing results, this approach has led to a system of global silos; governments, NGOs, programmes and projects are working toward the same goals but are not integrated in their approach.  Sometimes silos even appear across organisations. If we’re not integrated in our approach to achieving the SDGs, how can we possibly measure our combined impact?  The same question can be asked of governments and organisations.

The Solution

Integrated Results Based Management (IRBM) is based on Results Based Management but forms integral linkages between departments, ministries and organisations working toward the same goals. IRBM also looks at the bigger picture, harmonizing development planning, budgeting, personnel performance, M&E, and evidence-based decision making (all of which are components of donor requirements).

This global best practice will push forward the achievement of the SDGs.  Take a closer look at some of the linkages made through the IRBM system:

The IRBM System:

- Systematically cascades national/organisational priorities to relevant contributing lower levels
- Uses a programme/activity approach to assign responsibilities and accountability for shared impact and outcomes between national & lower levels of government, departments within an organization, or across programmes conducted by the same or different organisations
- Integrates all resource use from different levels or areas towards one or more relevant programme area
- Links policy with priority development needs at grass-root/project levels
- Identifies relevant programs at the same level that jointly contribute to an outcome/impact area
- Establishes contributions of complementary projects under a particular programme to one or more outcomes
- Assesses overlaps and redundancies between different programmes/projects at the same level towards a particular programme outcome/impact area
- Integrates different sources of funding and resources application towards a particular programme
- Manages complementary sources of funding from various contributors towards a programme

Because this system is so dynamic, organisations of any size can use this to:

  1. Have better programmatic results
  2. Measure those results in a way that really showcases the good work put in

This system will help to link the SDG outcomes to your work, which will inevidably have an impact on those who are most vulnerable.

Sources:, 2016

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