I’ve always appreciated your perspective and your willingness to share your personal insights and lessons learned from DFID on Medium. Thank you!
I have had reservations about log-frames for years, because of the tendency to set low ambitions. I’m not aware of a better alternative that provides the requisite accountability while encouraging creative problem solving. Organizations of a certain size become increasingly risk-averse until the point that new approaches are rejected because the predetermined milestones are within reach.
It might be a stretch, but this reminds me of an article I read about how Future Health Systems applied the Develop-Distort Dilemma to their own work to see how their programs were having positive and negative impacts upon health systems in Bangladesh, China and Uganda. http://heapol.oxfordjournals.org/content/27/suppl_4/iv44.full
This type of assessment may not translate to an annual review, but it could certainly help organizations to take a second-look at their existing metrics and see if they are looking at and measuring the right things.