Evaluation Glossary

Results Chain

The causal sequence for an intervention that stipulates the necessary sequence to achieve desired objectives beginning with inputs, moving through activities and outputs, and culminating in outcomes, impacts and feedback. In some agencies, reach is part of the results chain. It is based on a theory of change, including underlying assumptions.


Development Assistance Committee. (2002). Glossary of key terms in evaluation and results-based management. Paris, France: OECD.

Related Terms

Impact Theory
Log Frames
Logic Model
Logical Framework
Outcome Map
Pathway of Change
Program Model
Results Framework
Theory of change