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WHO’s results framework

WHO’s new results framework: improving accountability and impact

The new results framework in the Programme budget 2014–2015 makes significant progress in improving accountability and shows how WHO's work contributes to improving public health globally. This results-based management framework facilitates a systematic way to monitor performance.

The framework is structured around six categories and 30 programme areas. Following consultation across the three levels of the Organization, budget centres (departments and offices) are identifying the activities they will undertake to deliver the agreed outputs in each programmatic area, and achieve the related targets. The Secretariat is responsible for these outputs, sometimes referred to as the “manageable interests” of the Secretariat.

The results chain links this work of the Secretariat (outputs) to the health and development changes to which it contributes (outcomes and impacts), both in countries and globally. In this way, WHO’s outputs relating to the programme budget are directly linked to the health outcomes and impacts that WHO aims to achieve.

The simplicity and consistency of this new results framework facilitates a more robust organization-wide planning process. In turn, this process ensures that agreed priorities and country needs guide budgeting, financing and allocation of resources, and systematic monitoring of performance. In addition, it enables a clearer articulation of the roles and responsibilities of each of the three levels of the Organization; and it facilitates delivery of the Secretariat’s outputs.

Graphic of WHO's results framework.

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