Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting  

for Project Staff, Managers and Funders. Cambodia, December 2017

4-6 December OutcomeMapping- Basics and Beyond. 

7-8 December Outcome Harvesting- Ideas and Practice

14-15 December Managing Outcome-Based Development 

Scroll down  for course desriptions.

Facilitators: Jeph Mathias, Mariam Smith, Phil Smith (bios below)

Language: English and Khmer 

Contact Jeph (jephmathias@gmail.com ) or Mariam (mariam@learningloop.co

To Register: To apply  go to  this link , fill in and submit the form.  Venue and location information is at the bottom of this page.

Why are these courses special?

Amongst the many workshops and  development skills trainings out there we believe these courses are a bit special. Here's why.  Firstly Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting  themselves- well validated outcome-based approaches to development - are especially suited to complex social and environmental issues. Apart from the content itself other features make for a memorable experience and deep learning:

Location, Location Location... The training is embedded in and informed by a unique, complex and fast moving context which all the facilitators know well.  In Mondulkiri, where an indigenous Bunong world is meeting wider Khmer and global culture right now, change complexity and development is all around.  Participants will absorb some of this just by experiencing Mondulkiri and much more deeply and deliberately during field time time with ICC staff and Bunong people and discussion and debrief later. 

Interactive facilitation:. Jeph, Mariam and Phil are all highly experienced  and enjoy facilitating. We love creative and interactive communication, each bringing our own style, energy and personality to the sessions. You will be interested and engaged- promise! 

Blended theory and practice. As well as many years  implementing projects in a variety of contexts themselves  Mariam, Jeph and Phil have all thought written and presented about development and the ideas around OM and OH. All three of us are active practitioners. The courses are 'on location' in an OM designed project which was evaluated with OH two years ago. As well as Jeph, Mariam and Phil's ideas experience and theoretical perspectives participants get field time with ICC staff who understand and work with OM and OH and will do 'hands on" design and harvesting. These courses will take you deeper and further than most. 

Other perspectives. People who use OM and OH for design monitoring and evaluation will be brought in (by Skype). We have interviews organized with OM users in Cambodia, India, Afghanistan and a funder from Australia. Participants will not only hear their  stories but are encouraged to ask, challenge and probe their perspectives on OM, OH and managing outcome based projects. . 

Language: The courses are primarily in English and Khmer.  With Phil and Mariam fluent in Khmer and Bunong and with ICC staff participating  deep concepts and people's nuanced stories should be accessible to all.  

(for a full description of Outcome Mapping see the International Outcome Mapping Learning Community website)


In cooperation with Mission Alliance and International Cooperation Cambodia. 



Thanks for making this possible!




Contact Jeph (jephmathias@gmail.com) or Mariam (mariam@learningloop.co) for more information or Register here.  

Outcome Mapping- Basics and Beyond


Date:  4-6 December 2017, Sen Monorom, Mondulkiri Cambodia

Purpose This 3 day workshop in Mondulkiri starts with a firm foundation in Outcome Mapping theory, its advantages and challenges and goes on to a step-by-step walk through of OM components. By the end you'll create your own OM  project design with Mariam and Jeph's  guidance and critique.   

Who is it for? Field staff, project coordinators, managers, M&E personnel, consultants—anyone interested in design or implementation with Outcome Mapping.

Language Khmer and/or English depending on what works best for participants. Large parts of the workshop will be conducted in groups, which also allows other languages to be used, but discussion and reflection will use English or Khmer.

Main Components of the training

  • Theoretical perspectives for understanding Outcome Mapping (Complexity science, organisational learning, systems thinking)
  • A deep understanding of a Outcome Mapping/Outcome Harvesting view of outcomes as the basis of social change.
  • Working through the steps of Outcome Mapping using real NGO scenarios, reflecting on each step, then presenting and justifying your design to a (gently) critical audience.
  • Participant interviews with OM practitioners and project leders to learn from the strengths and challenges of implementing OM.
  • Differences from Logical Framework Analysis (LFA) and other commonly used tools.
  • Implications of using OM for planning, monitoring, and reporting.
  • Open Sessions/World Café tailored to participant interests around issues arising duringthe course.


Location - Sen Monorom, Mondulkiri

Facilitators - Jeph and Mariam

Registration: 500 US$. Early Bird (before 20 October) 430 US$. 

Discount for more than 2 participants from one organisation.

Contact Jeph (jephmathias@gmail.com) or Mariam (mariam@learningloop.co) for more information

Register here. 



Outcome Harvesting-Ideas and Practice


Dates: 7-8 December Sen, Mondulkiri Cambodia

Purpose:An introduction to Outcome Harvesting as an evaluative approach, grounded in real Outcome Harvesting. This workshop is in cooperation with ICC, a Cambodian NGO which was evaluated with OH in 2015. ICC staff will help facilitate and we will use their project sites. To ensure depth this workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Who is it for? Managers, M&E personnel, consultants, or anyone interested in using Outcome Harvesting for monitoring or evaluation. This workshop is designed for those who have attended our Outcome Mapping workshop or who have experience with Outcome Mapping and want to engage with Outcome Harvesting theoretically and experientially.  

Language Khmer and/or English depending on what will work best for participants. Actual harvesting will largely take place in Bunong, with the support of ICC translators.

Main Components of the training

  • Differences from other evaluation processes. Differences from Outcome Mapping.(Theoretical perspectives for understanding Outcome Harvesting will largely have been covered in the Outcome Mapping Basics and Beyond Workshop). 
  • Working through the steps of Outcome Harvesting using a real life NGO scenario while presenting some options to how an OH can take place in other situations and for other purposes. This includes traveling to Bunong communities for the “substantiation” step of the Outcome Harvest and supporting the use of findings.
  • Discussion and reflection with staff in organisations that have used OH around what was different, what was challenging, what was empowering, how it differed from other evaluations, and whether it answered their questions.

Location - Sen Monorom, Mondulkiri

Facilitators Jeph and Mariam

Registration: 350 US$. Early Bird (before 20 October) 300 US$. Discounts for more than 2 participants from one organization

Contact Jeph (jephmathias@gmail.com) or Mariam, (mariam@learningloop.co )for more information

 Register here. . 



Managing Outcome Based Development 

We have found alternative ways to cover our expenses for this course so we've  reduced registration fees. 

Dates 14-15 December 2017, in Phnom Penh

Purpose Starting from a foundation in the Outcome Mapping philosophy and a solid understanding of the components of OM and OH, participants will explore the  implications for managing  the implementation of OM and OH,  adjustments they will need to make in monitoring and reporting criteria and new ways to think about funding. 

Who is it for? A 1 and 1/2 day workshop for funders, organisational leaders and managers considering OM design or OH evaluations, or who want to support outcome focused development practice in their organisations. 

Language  Primarily English. Mariam and Phil, who are fluent in Khmer, will support when necessary.

Main Components of the training:

  • What are outcomes, why are they important?
  • Theoretical perspectives for understanding Outcome Mapping (Complexity science, organisational learning, systems thinking)
  • The basic steps of Outcome Mapping
  • Differences from Logical Framework Analysis (LFA) , RBM and other commonly used planning and management tools.
  • Implications on planning, monitoring, and reporting.
  • Dialogue and reflection with specially invited practitioners and funders who, from a management perspective, share their joys and challenges of using Outcome Mapping. Opportunity to question them and explore ways forward together. This includes Skype interviews with funders and managers in other countries who have used OM and OH. 
  • How to present OM and OH to funders, administrators or finance staff who are used to logical frameworks, RBM etc. 

Location - Phnom Penh

Facilitators - Jeph, Phil, and Mariam

Registration: 250 US$. Early Bird (before 20 October) 200 US$. Discounts for more than 2 participants from one organisation.

Contact Jeph (jephmathias@gmail.com) or Mariam- (mariam@learningloop.co) for more information

 Register here. . 


Your facilitators: Jeph, Mariam and Phil


A creative and energetic team with a ton of experience, we bring varied perspectives and wide skills with us. Each uniquely shaped by our own culture, life experience and diverse work history (medical doctor, teacher, audio-engineer, manager, etc) we’re all in development because we’re fascinated with the complexity of people and environments and want to to contribute to this messy world. Individually and together, we’ve worked in Asia, Latin America Africa, Europe and Australasia, seeing social change actually play out. We love facilitating, each in our own interactive and creative way.


Jeph Mathias "An Indian/New Zealander in the Himalayas I keep busy with “hands on” consulting -which I love! I specialise in complexity, doing design monitoring and evaluation largely with innovative environmental and social projects across Asia. Being a fellow at Massey University, New Zealand and a steward of the Outcome Mapping Learning community keeps the big picture thinking side of my brain ticking. 

My history includes a year with Mother Teresa, a MSF malaria project in Colombia, a Cambridge MA, riding with Mongolian nomads, soccer  in a Brazilian favela, teaching in apartheid South Africa, trapping Amazonian crocodiles, senior emergency doctor in New Zealand, Cambodian slum life, expedition doctor on Everest, the first Mekong traverse, snow leopard conservation, Delhi bustee life, community health in the Himalayas, surgeon in remote clinics…The constant undercurrent in all these social and environmental issues is how people think, act and relate, so for me OM ‘goes for the jugular’ of. social change on this wonderful, complex, unpredictable planet."

Mariam Smith: I’m a development consultant, currently Sweden-based, specialising in effective learning processes, but I have lived most of my life in Asia, mainly in Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Cambodia. After a few years of teaching primary school, I spent over a decade in leadership roles for programmes engaged in mother-tongue based multilingual education and community development among indigenous people in northeastern Cambodia. I recently finished a masters in pedagogy; my thesis focused on change in organisations using Outcome Harvesting and Outcome Mapping. Bridging theory and practice in meaningful ways for local actors is something I am passionate about. I enjoy supporting local organisations in planning, monitoring, and evaluation whether it is through consultancy or in my new role as a steward for the Outcome Mapping Learning Community.


Phil Smith: I currently work full time for the Swedish Mission Council as advisor for organisational development and evaluation, drawing on my 12 years working in Nigeria and Cambodia to wrestle with how the funding chain can better support the inherent complexity of social change. I am also an advisor for Learning Loop, which mostly involves creative coffee meetings with Mariam and the occasional workshop together. I have a masters in International Development and Management from Lund university, have published several articles on development issues in indigenous contexts, and have worked regionally throughout Asia in program design, monitoring, evaluation, and organizational development



Location and Venue for the Courses.

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Managing Outcome-Based Development will be in Phnom Penh at the centrally located Diakonia Centre. Find it on a map here.The course runs from 8:30 a.m. to 17:00 on Thursday, December 14 and from 8:30 to 12:00 on Friday, December 15.   A simple lunch and snacks will be served on the first day, and snacks on the second day. Accommodation can easily be found on websites such as www.booking.com or www.agoda.com.  Please let us know if you have any  questions.

The Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting courses will be in Sen Monorom, Mondulkiri, nestled in the hills of Northeastern Cambodia where the  Bunong Indigenous world and world-view is meeting wider Khmer and even global culture. The location, right in the Bunong heartland,  is in itself an important part of each course.The place is iimmersed in change, instability and conflict of paradigms, your experience of which will deepened by the participation of ICCs programme staff who directly engage with Bunong people and their issues. Participants in the OH course will have a day actually collecting stories from Bunong people in the field (with translation help from ICC staff) and then together we'll make meaning of what we find.  Experiential learning at its best!

 Our meeting room...

Our meeting room...

When preparing your travel plans, please remember that it takes at least 5 hours to travel between Phnom Penh and Sen Monorom. Mini-busses leave Phnom Penh twice a day- early morning and around lunch time. Please let us know a couple weeks in advance if you need any help with arranging transport. Make sure you bring some warmer clothes- although Mondulkiri’s weather in December is usually very pleasant (around 20 degrees celsius) it can become can become cool and windy..

 Your accommodation?

Your accommodation?

Our  venue for the OM and OH courses  is the Indigenous People Lodge 1 km from the centre of Sen Monorom, a simple and authentic setting which complements the course content. We’re sure you’ll be both comfortable and inspired to meaningful learning by your surroundings!  You can easily arrange accommodation at the Indigenous People Lodge and other options in Sen Monorom can be found on websites such as www.booking.com or www.agoda.com. Contact Mariam if you want recommendations. The address is:

Indigenous People Lodge

Chamka Teh Street, Chamka Teh Village
Sen Monorom, Mondulkiri Province


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Meals are for getting to know each other! The courses in Mondulkiri come with a simple lunch and snacks and lots of conversation. We will enjoy trying out several of the local and international food options in and around Sen Monorom with you in the evenings.  

Your room will  provide a place to quietly think or read and there is WiFi in all pubic areas of the property. 

Find Indigenous People Lodge on a map here.or see below. Zoom and scroll for nearby accommodation, restaurants and points interest. 



For more information, contact Jeph jephmathias@gmail.com or Mariam mariam@learningloop.co