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Inputs, outputs and outcomes


The data collected for monitoring, tracking and reporting are based on three types of program data:

Inputs - Something put into a program or project, like time or money, that are used to shape or affect the results of the program or project.

Outputs - The direct and measurable products of program activities and participation. Outputs are what come out of the activities during a program or project event(s).

Outcomes - Outcomes are the end result that your program wants to achieve. Outcomes are a the detailed part of impact and are represented by the changes that happen to participants in terms of knowledge, skills, behavior, and/or other attributes and conditions that are targeted by a program. Generally, there are three levels of outcomes,short-term, intermediate, and long-term outcomes.


These three types of program data are often collected at different times, which Part 2 on the next page will explain.