The Output-Outcome Monitoring Framework represents an important reform towards outcome-based monitoring. This is a paradigm shift from measuring simply physical and financial progress, to a governance model based on outcomes. The Framework endeavours to provide measurable indicators for achievement of scheme objectives, or the 'Outcomes'. Actively tracking progress against defined targets provides two key benefits for governance: improving (i) the development impact and (ii) the public accountability of every rupee spent by the Government of India.
The Output-Outcome Monitoring Framework (OOMF) exercise was entrusted to DMEO in mid-2017, and has since become an important function of DMEO. The Framework is being updated on annual basis which is laid before the Parliament along with the Union Budget for the last three financial years i.e. 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22. The framework facilitates target setting on output (measurable product of program activities) and outcome (collective results or qualitative improvements brought about by delivery of services) indicators by the Ministries/Departments.
The Output-Outcome Monitoring Framework, 2021-22 has been prepared for 67 Ministries/ Departments involving more than 600 Central Sector (CS) and Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) with nearly 6,000 indicators in close consultation with concerned Ministries/Departments of the Government of India. The CS/CSS schemes form the primary mode of government service delivery to beneficiaries, covering approximately 40% of the Central Government's expenditure budget (Rs. 14.33 lakh crores out of the total budget of Rs. 34.83 lakh crores in 2021-2022). Out of Rs. 14.33 lakh crores financial outlay of CS/CSS schemes, the OOMF document covers approximately Rs. 12 lakh crores.
DMEO has also developed and is maintaining a user friendly online OOMF dashboard which helps in monitoring of the budgetary outlays, targets & progress against them for output/outcome indicators, etc.
Thus, the Output-Outcome Framework lays the foundation of the journey towards a stronger portfolio of Government of India's development schemes and programmes by playing a key role as an enabler of performance-based budgeting. If adopted by the states, it could lead to greater input use efficiency and targeted implementation to achieve desired outcomes.
Ministry/Department wise and consolidated OOMF Documents from FY 2019-20 onwards can be accessed here: https://dmeo.gov.in/output-outcome-framework