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Corporate Baseline Survey: working with FAO for a better world

The new strategic results framework will guide FAO’s planning and enable us to monitor results at a number of levels: (i) high level strategic objectives; (ii) Organizational Outcomes; and (iii) Outputs. The Organizational Outcome level reflects the changes in the enabling environment needed in country to help achieve the Strategic Objectives.

The purpose of the survey is to establish the baselines for the Organizational Outcome level indicators.


FAO’s new Medium Term Plan and Programme of Work and Budget for 2014-15 presents FAO’s new result framework and approach to monitoring. The framework includes five new Strategic Objectives. Each objective is supported by a number of Organizational Outcomes which in turn are underpinned  by Outputs.

Organizational Outcomes reflect the changes in the country-level enabling environment needed to foster the achievement of higher level Strategic Objectives. They relate to those issues at country or international level – in areas within FAO’s mandate and core functions – which could impede progress, including for example: relevance of policy and programming frameworks, level of resources and investments committed, level of coordination/partnerships and availability/use of information and data for decision making. The indicators at this level measure the extent to which countries have made the necessary reforms and established the required capacities to achieve the strategic objectives.

A set of indicators has been defined for each organizational outcome and will be monitored and reported upon every two years.

Given the nature of the Organizational Outcomes and their indicators, considerable gaps have been identified in available data sources. Consequently the data to inform the Outcome level indicators is being obtained primarily through a survey, coordinated at FAO HQ and conducted in a sample of countries where FAO provides its support in achieving the Strategic Objectives.

Purpose of the corporate baseline survey

The purpose of the Corporate Baseline Assessment is to establish the baselines for Outcome-level indicators through a survey conducted with FAO’s Country Offices and partner institutions across the Strategic Framework.  The survey is part of the corporate monitoring and reporting process that FAO has put in place in the biennium 2014-15.

The data from the assessment will allow us to track the changes in country level outcomes towards which FAO is expected to have an influence; and to assess FAO’s contribution to those changes at the end of each biennium.

An initial pilot survey was conducted in August-September 2013, and preliminary data was presented to Council in December 2013. Drawing on lessons from the pilot phase, an initial sample of 39 countries already participated in the previous phase of the assessment earlier this year, and now countries identified as “focus country” by Strategic Objectives and/or Regional Initiatives have been added to this sample to ensure an accurate representation of where FAO’s work is focused.

Expanding the corporate baseline assessment to SO/RI focus countries will produce more robust evidence and better inform the decision making processes at country (e.g. CPF), regional (e.g. Regional initiatives) and global levels (e.g. Strategic Framework). This exercise will take place between July and September 2014.The baseline data will then be used to assess changes at country level at the end of each biennium.

Results and reporting

The results of the corporate baseline survey will be presented in a final report, which will describe the data collection process, the methodology used and the analytic results of the baseline survey. The results will be analyzed for each Strategic Objective, with a cross-regions perspective. The results will not be published for each individual country.