What’s an outcomes system?

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An outcomes system is any system that identifies; prioritizes; measures; attributes; researches; contracts; delegates; manages risk in respect of; or holds parties to account for outcomes of any type in any area.

Outcomes systems go under various names such as: strategic plans; management by results; results-based management systems; outcomes-focused management systems; accountability systems; evidence-based practice systems; contracting for outcomes systems; and best-practice systems. 


What are the component parts of an outcomes system

Outcomes systems are made up of a set of seven building blocks. These are analogous to the components of an accounting system, for example: double-entry bookkeeping; assets register; and depreciation schedule. The seven outcomes system building blocks are set out in the Outcomes System Diagram