A results framework “presents an operating unit’s strategy for achieving a specific objective.” (Monitoring, 2000) A results framework is a diagram that that uses four components to outline the strategy: strategic objective, intermediate result, cause and effect linkages, and critical assumptions. The strategic objective (SO) is the primary purpose of the program or project, it is what your organization wants to accomplish and “forms the standard by which the operational unit is willing to be judged in terms of its performance”. (Monitoring, 2000) The intermediate result (IR), is a lower level SO, it is a “discrete result or outcome thought to be necessary to achieve an objective”. (Monitoring, 2000) Cause and effect linkages clarify the connection between the SO and IR. Critical assumptions are “conditions likely to affect the achievement of the result”. (Monitoring, 2000)
Tactical Conflict Assessment and Planning Framework (TCAPF)
U.S. Agency for International Development
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To increase the effectiveness of stability operations, the Office of Military Affairs-U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) created the tactical conflict assessment and planning framework (TCAPF). The TCAPF was designed to assist civilian and military personnel in identifying the root causes of instability, developing activities to mitigate the causes, and evaluating the effectiveness of the activities in fostering stability at the tactical level (provincial or local). The TCAPF should be used to create local stabilization plans and provide data for the international conflict assessment framework, which has a strategic and operational-level (country or regional) focus.