Linking Outputs to Outcomes Model (LOOM)
FTI’s LOOM provides a multi-dimensional virtual canvas to support full-cycle assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation, of complex initiatives.
An OSD Phase II Small Business Innovative Research program has developed the Linking Outputs to Outcomes Model (LOOM). The LOOM tool provides military and civilian analysts a multi-dimensional canvas to support rigorous, full-cycle assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation, using existing assessment and planning processes.
The LOOM tool enables users to address and visually map the answers to three questions: What is the current situation (situational analysis/conflict analysis)? What is the desired future state (goals)? How will you get there (plan to achieve the goals)? LOOM uses a visual canvas to map the linkages between outputs (activities),
intermediate outcomes, and high-level goals (effects.) It supports users in making explicit their assumptions about the effects of planned activities and to logically map the trajectory between the current situation and desired goals.
The LOOM methodology enables military and civilian analysts to (1) digest the results of situational or conflict analyses; (2) identify high-level goals; (3) make explicit and test assumptions; (4) identify resource needs; (5) identify indicators with which to monitor progress; (6) streamline data collection; (7) document and evaluate functional dependencies; and (8) anticipate and mitigate risks; and (9) adjust implementation strategies to strengthen results.
LOOM is being used in support of the NATO Training Mission –Afghanistan’s (NTM-A) efforts to plan for and assess efforts to build capacity of the Ministry of Interior and Afghan National Police by facilitating on-the-ground planning workshops. The LOOM infrastructure is also applicable to planning and analysis conducted by COCOMs, Army Civil Affairs, USAID, State, and other military and civilian actors.