Result based management: Can ”obsessive measurement disorder” be avoided?
Purpose of seminar
The term “obsessive measurement disorder” was first used by Andrew Natsios, administrator of USAID 2001-2006 in a report about American development assistance. He claims that the complex layers of control functions, and demand for short term quantitative measurements, have gone so far as to make it almost impossible for USAID to deliver results as it should. Does his analysis have any bearing on the situation for Swedish aid as well? The purpose of the seminar was to bring in various perspectives on this issue. And to discuss possible solutions to perceived problems. Several researchers – from Anthropology, Economics and Political sciences – and practitioners give their views on the subject.