WRI’s top 10 outcomes show what’s possible when we work together as a global community.
WRI has internal and external processes for ensuring that our strategies result in tangible results.
Core to our mission, outcomes help us to understand where we are having the greatest impact, as well as determine where out tactics might be improved. Outcomes help us monitor and evaluate our commitment to ourselves, to our donors, and to the environment and people we aim to serve. They are at the heart of our “Managing for Results” system, and push us to design robust strategies and hold ourselves accountable.
WRI divides its outcomes into three Tier levels, based upon the product of the significance of the outcome and the level of attribution WRI can claim for the outcome.
The level of significance of the outcome is determined by asking to what extend the outcome: is a large step toward achievement of a Project Objective or Institutional Objective; has a substantial positive impact on the people it affects; impacts a large geographical area or number of people and/or has the opportunity to scale up quickly.
The level of attribution of the outcome is determined by asking: Would the outcome have been achieved without WRI? Did WRI’s involvement positively change the nature of the outcome? Did WRI cause the outcome to be achieved more quickly?
WRI’s Top Ten Outcomes are selected in late August each year. All Tier 1 outcomes for the year are candidates for Top Ten recognition. WRI’s Management Team – comprised of program directors, vice presidents, and the president – come together to narrow the field, based on the combination of significance and attribution. The Top Ten Outcomes are showcased on WRI’s website and in a special brochure then mailed and emailed to all WRI donors. Outcomes are also featured in WRI’s annual report.
This map shows the Top 10 outcomes for 2005-2009. You can see our 2010 outcomes here.