How can an anticipated timeline of impact and an anticipated trajectory of impact help?

  • Most implementations of complex initiatives are rarely guided by an explicit understanding of the anticipated timeline of impact or a trajectory of impact. An anticipated timeline of impact can provide information that is not supplied by the program logic, specifically when changes in key outcomes are likely to occur.¬† It is important that this be based on realistic experiences and not just aspirations.
  • Involve stakeholders in developing the anticipated timeline and trajectory of impact. Some initiatives can be anticipated to experience a gradual or sharp improvement of indicators, while others can be anticipated to worsen before they improve.
  • Document disagreements ¬†between stakeholders on the anticipated timelines of impacts.

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