The research project ‘The results agenda in development cooperation’ aims to increase our understanding of management and implementation of development cooperation. The project explores how the so-called results agenda (i.e., increased demands for measuring and showing the results of development cooperation) has emerged, how it is implemented, and what impact it will have on development cooperation practices. The project is primarily concerned with Swedish development cooperation, but will put the Swedish development cooperation in an international context and draw comparisons with the development of results management in other policy areas in Sweden.

In recent years, the issue of demonstrating results of development cooperation has gained attention both in Sweden and internationally. Consequently, greater demands are put on finding suitable methods and management models to deliver the best results. Previous research and experience show that this issue is not always easily resolved. Research questions posed in the project are: What are the driving forces behind the results agenda in development aid? What are the consequences of increased demands for results on development cooperation? How do different actors in development cooperation perceive the increased demands for results?

The research project will contribute to a better understanding of the driving forces behind the results agenda and the complexity associated with evaluating and managing an area of activity on the basis of results information.

The project is financed through a three-year research grant from Sida. The project is carried out in collaboration with the Stockholm University School of Business.
Göran Sundström, Janet Vähämäki and Bengt Jacobsson are working with the project.