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Definition: Outcomes

OECD terminology

Refer to what is ultimately achieved by an activity, as distinct from its outputs which relate to more direct or immediate objectives. Thus, the outcome of a random breath-testing campaign conducted by the police may be a decline in the incidence of drink-related motor vehicle accidents, whilst one of the outputs could be the number of drivers charged with exceeding the legal alcohol limit. It is often difficult to measure outcomes. http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/ramon/coded_files/OCDE_09E74304_en.pdf
Source:
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), "Effects of European Union Accession, Part 1: Budgeting and Financial Control", OECD SIGMA Paper No. 19, Paris, March 1998
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