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Asked 3rd Oct, 2017

What is the difference between outcome, output and result?

Any difference between outcome, output and result?

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12th Feb, 2022
Shuraik Kader
Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology
Output - The results due to set of decisions and associated processes
Outcome - The long term experiencing of an Output
Results - The intended output of an organized set of procedures
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9th Dec, 2017
Simon Joss
University of Glasgow
In public policy, 'output' is usually used to refer to an immediate, tangible yield (the 'product'). In turn, this may or may not result in certain 'outcomes', which however are not necessarily under direct control of the policy process. Finally, outcomes can have (and be measured in terms of) 'impacts'.
Hypothetical example: government may publish a report on healthy school meals, following a lengthy consultation; the report is the output of said process. This then leads to schools changing their meals offering ('the outcome'); in turn, this may end up showing improved obesity rates etc. among pupils ('the impact').
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5th Oct, 2017
Katja Rudell
PAREXEL
I think the public uses the words interchangeably, but results to me speaks to something at the end of an action so if I train 10 people and 9 pass the test is the result of me teaching them well. The outcome of the teaching is that they know psychology or research methods a bit better and the output is the material that they produce as and when they are taught as in tests or papers or something like that. So a paper is an output but not necessarily an outcome. A result is an indicator of a likely outcome.
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6th Oct, 2017
Daniel Gutiérrez Sánchez
University of Malaga
Thank you!
6th Dec, 2017
Maria Spiliotopoulou
Simon Fraser University
Just clarifying: so, "result" would be encompassing "outcome" and "output"? Would it be above the other two or distinct from them?
9th Dec, 2017
Simon Joss
University of Glasgow
In public policy, 'output' is usually used to refer to an immediate, tangible yield (the 'product'). In turn, this may or may not result in certain 'outcomes', which however are not necessarily under direct control of the policy process. Finally, outcomes can have (and be measured in terms of) 'impacts'.
Hypothetical example: government may publish a report on healthy school meals, following a lengthy consultation; the report is the output of said process. This then leads to schools changing their meals offering ('the outcome'); in turn, this may end up showing improved obesity rates etc. among pupils ('the impact').
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9th Dec, 2017
Maria Spiliotopoulou
Simon Fraser University
Thank you Simon, this example was helpful!
9th Dec, 2017
Daniel Gutiérrez Sánchez
University of Malaga
Thank you Simon and Maria, your responses have been very useful.
6th Feb, 2018
Tiago Lima
Federal University of Santa Catarina
Hi Daniel, all of this words means the same.
Best regards!
17th Oct, 2018
Peter Byansi
Uganda Martyrs University (UMU)
An outcome is an intended or unintended product, information, object, or event that is produced as result of a plan, decision, process, effort, or set of actions. A result is an intended product, object, output or event that is produced as a consequence of an organized or orderly process, plan, effort, or well-thought out decisions and pre-meditated behavior. A result occurs because it is what one wants or is working to achieve. An outcome can also occur because it is what someone intends to achieve, but it can also occur because of other unforeseen factors or events that are out of someone’s control.
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1st Jan, 2020
Fekry Fouad
King Abdulaziz University
of course there is a differences.
12th Mar, 2020
Mustafa Musa Salih
University of Baghdad
As nouns the difference between outcome and result is that outcome is information, event, object or state of being produced as a result or consequence of a plan, process, accident, effort or other similar action or occurrence while result is that which results; the conclusion or end to which any course or condition of things leads, or which is obtained by any process or operation; consequence or effect.

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