Outcomes theory knowledge base (Org)

This knowledge base provides a systematic treatment of outcomes theory as applied to managing the performance of organizations, programs, policies and collaborations [Org]. This site is for those interested in theory. If you want a practical implementation of this theory that can be used to design and implement working outcomes, evaluation, monitoring and performance management systems, you should use Systematic Outcomes Analysis based on the Outcomes Is It Working Analysis (OIIWA) approach from www.oiiwa.org site. If using any ideas or material from this knowledge base please cite this reference as: Duignan, P. (2005-insert current year) Insert name of page in Outcomes Theory Knowledge Base (Organizational) [Available at www.outcomestheory.org]. Any comments on any aspect of this knowledge base appreciated, please send to paul (at) parkerduignan.com.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (Org) [P1-2]

This page sets out frequently asked questions regarding the Outcomes Theory Knowledge Base (Org). 

What is the Outcomes Theory Knowledge Base (Org) for?

The Outcomes Theory Knowledge Base provides the fundamental technical resource where a detailed and exhaustive treatment of outcomes theory for organizations is provided.

Who will use this knowledge base?

The knowledge base will be of interest to those who want to critique, understand or add to the fundamental elements of outcomes theory. Specific parts of it will be of interest to people wanting technical detail on particular aspects of problems they are having with outcomes systems. Those generally working developing or implementing outcomes systems will generally be better off looking at the practical application of outcomes theory in Systematic Outcomes Analysis (SOA) and its associated methodology Outcomes Is It Working Analysis (OIIWA).  [See www.oiiwa.org for guides and worked examples]. 

Why the (Org) at the end of the title Outcomes Theory Knowledge Base?

This treatment of outcomes theory is focused on, and uses language appropriate to, the use of outcomes theory within organizational, policy and collaborative action.

Why do some parts of the text in this knowledge base have [Provisional only] next to them?

This knowledge base is a continually developing resource as outcomes theory is progressively expanded and refined.  All of the material in this knowledge base can potentially be amended in the light of refinements in the theory.  However some parts of the text are particularly provisional and more likely than others to be subject to revision.  These parts are marked as "[Provisional only].

How is the knowledge base structured?

The knowledge base is structured around a comprehensive set of formal definitions for concepts within outcomes theory and a set of principles which set out the rules for building well-structured outcomes systems. 


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