Outcome Harvesting: Basics and beyond

‘Learning by doing’ is one of the principles of Outcome Harvesting and as such it underpins the highly participatory approach taken by the trainers over the 2.5 day programme. Participants will enrich their understanding of the 6 steps, concepts and principles of Outcome Harvesting by applying the steps to their project and / or a case study. The trainers will provide tips and insights based on their extensive experiences in working with Outcome Harvesting.

The training will start at 10.00 on Wednesday and end at 12.30 on Friday. This allows you to arrive in Bristol on Wednesday before the training and leave on Friday afternoon if preferable.


Outcome Harvesting is a tool inspired by Outcome Mapping and Utilization-Focused Evaluation that is being used worldwide to robustly identify, describe, analyse and interpret outcomes regardless of whether they were pre-defined.

Outcome Harvesting collects (“harvests”) evidence of what has changed (“outcomes”) and, then, working backwards, determines whether and how an intervention has contributed to these changes.

Outcome Harvesting has proven to be especially useful in complex situations when it is not possible to define concretely most of what an intervention aims to achieve, or even, what specific actions will be taken over a multi-year period.

Further information, including numerous examples, presentations and discussions can be found on the Outcome Harvesting and Outcome Mapping sites, or in Ricardo Wilson-Grau's book: Outcome Harvesting Principles, Steps and Evaluation Applications.


By the end of the workshop participants will have:


• an understanding of the key concepts, steps and principles of Outcome Harvesting

• consolidated learning through practical exercises, group work and trainer feedback

• appreciated that Outcome Harvesting always needs to be adapted

• identified ways in which they can use Outcome Harvesting in their work to enhance learning and accountability through monitoring and evaluation.


No knowledge or experience with Outcome Harvesting is required. Participants are likely to include:


• Programme or project managers

• M&E advisors

• M&E consultants

• M&E managers in funding agencies

Those with some knowledge of the Outcome Harvesting steps will be able to consolidate their understanding of concepts and steps before deepening their competence and confidence through exercises.


Early bird: £700 (excl. VAT). A limited number of discounted registrations are available at this price up to 12 July 2019.

Full price: £800 (excl. VAT). Register by 13 September 2019.

The enrolment fee includes tuition and materials, lunches and refreshments over the 2.5 days.

Accommodation and travel expenses are not included.

Payment: by bank transfer to Goele Scheers Consultancy, VAT no: 0600940140, Belgium. Payment to be received no later than 15 calendar days after receipt of the invoice from the organisers and in any case before the start of the training. We cannot confirm your registration until we receive your payment.


The training venue is The Waterfront in central Bristol, a culturally vibrant and scenic historical city in Southwest England, less than 2 hours from central London by train and with direct air connections to many cities across Europe. Various accommodation options are available within easy walking distance in central Bristol and we encourage you to use the usual search engines to find the one that suits you best.



What is the refund policy?

Full refunds (minus £30 administration charge) will be given to participants who cancel on or before 31 July 2019. 50% refunds will be given to participants who cancel on or before 28 August 2019. No refunds will be given to participants who cancel after 29 August 2019 under any circumstance.

What happens if the event is cancelled?

In the unlikely event that we do not have a sufficient number of registrations by the closing date (28 August 2019) we may be forced to cancel the event. Should this happen you will be notified by 02 September 2019 and given a full refund of the registration fee.

Do you have scholarships available?

We are unable to provide scholarships for this event.

Is my registration/ticket transferable?

Changes to your registration need to be confirmed in writing at least 48 hours before the event starts.

What language is the course in?

All materials and sessions will be in English.


The course has been designed and developed by a team – Goele Scheers and Richard Smith - who together have experience of harvesting outcomes for monitoring and evaluation from over 70 countries, working with local and international NGOs, multi-lateral organisations, funders, government ministries, education institutions and networks.

The team has applied Outcome Harvesting with interventions that have diverse goals including peace building, advocacy, human rights, democracy, sustainable agriculture and forestry, gender equality, governance and accountability, capacity development, child protection and disaster response. Invariably, harvesting outcomes has involved training / coaching others in its use, whether one-one or with work teams.

Each has benefited greatly from working with Ricardo Wilson-Grau, the lead creator of Outcome Harvesting, with whom they have co-developed the Outcome Harvesting tool, undertaken or participated in outcome harvests and formed discussion panels at conference sessions.

Goele Scheers

Goele Scheers

Goele Scheers is an independent consultant in planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning. She started working with Outcome Mapping in 2005 in her position as PM&E Coordinator at the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). In 2007, she met Ricardo Wilson-Grau and together they conducted an evaluation of the GPPAC network using elements of what later became known as the Outcome Harvesting approach. Goele integrated the Outcome Harvesting approach in the monitoring system of the network and trained GPPAC members worldwide in its use. In her current position as consultant, Goele supports organisations across the world in using Outcome Harvesting. She conducts evaluations, trains people in using the approach and helps them to set up their monitoring systems based on Outcome Harvesting. Through these experiences, Goele developed a strong expertise in training and coaching people in using Outcome Harvesting and adapting it to the needs of their organisations.

Goele is a facilitator of the Outcome Harvesting Community and a steward of the Outcome Mapping Learning Community.

Learn more about Goele here

Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Richard has been an independent consultant since 2011 specialising in evaluation and training that supports the practical adaptation of the Outcome Harvesting tool by social change initiatives and funding programmes. He first used Outcome Harvesting in 2011 when commissioning an evaluation of a biodiversity capacity development and advocacy network. Through this he gained first hand experience of the demands Outcome Harvesting puts on programme staff as well as the highly valuable insights and evidence the tool can bring to light. Subsequently, through supporting or leading numerous, diverse applications of Outcome Harvesting he has developed a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges of using Outcome Harvesting, an understanding he enjoys sharing by providing training / mentoring in person and remotely. In addition, through his role as a steward and board member of the Outcome Mapping Learning Community, he shares responsibility for the ongoing development of this learning platform including its rich resources on Outcome Harvesting.

Learn more about Richard here.