Outcome Target, Indicator and Baseline (OTIB) Plan

The Outcome Target, Indicator and Baseline (OTIB) Plan is where projects indicate which are the outcomes to which they believe they will contribute the most, be as specific as they can about what those changes will be, and then describe how they will measure their contribution to make the changes happen.  A good OTIB Plan should be doable.  Producing one is a contractual requirement, which is met by filling out a worksheet, downloadable from here.  However what projects will actually implement from this plan will depend on negotiations between the Project Leader and the Basin Leader as part of developing a BDC-level monitoring system.

Developing an OTIB Plan involves:

  1. Choose the key two to four outcome pathways where the project expects to make the most contribution. 
  2. For each outcome pathway set an outcome target, or targets
  3. Select one or more indicators that will measure progress towards each outcome target
  4. Describe the practicalities of doing the measurements
  5. Describe how the project would establish the starting conditions (the baseline) against progress will be measured.

Table: Project outcome target, indicator and baseline (OTIB) plan with simple worked example

Main Project Outcome
 Outcome target
Indicator of progress towards outcome target
 Practicalities of how measurement will be made
What are the starting conditions against which progress will be measured, and how they will be established?  (i.e., the baseline plan)
Actor and how they will change, taken from the first two columns of the OLM
 SMART description of the change
(specific, measurable, attributable, realistic, timebound)
 What will you observe and measure to know change is happening?
 What will be your tools and methods to observe and measure the change?
The baseline and the tools and methods you would use to establish it

Simple worked example for a project (PN10) that worked in tidal areas of Bangladesh

Main Project Outcome: ACTOR and how they will CHANGE

Outcome target(s)

Indicator(s) of progress towards Outcome Target(s)

Tools to measure progress towards Outcome Target(s)

What are the starting conditions against which progress will be measured, and how will they be established?  (i.e., the baseline plan)

Farmers are growing off-season crops

2500 farmers in six polders in the western half of Bangladesh have adopted double cropping and/or growing of vegetables in the dry season

Adoption (of double cropping  and growing of vegetables)

Adoption surveys

Area of off-season land under different cropping systems, established by transect walks in polders

Local BWDB and LGED staff are managing polder infrastructure to store water during off-season

BWDB and LGED staff in six project polders have changed polder management

Change in polder management practice

Observation; interviews with polder managers and operators

Polder management practice, established by a survey of polder managers and operators


Boru Douthwaite,
May 9, 2011, 8:58 AM