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Results-Framework Document (RFD)


A Results-Framework Document (RFD) is essentially a record of understanding between a Minister representing the people’s mandate, and the Secretary of a Department responsible for implementing this mandate.  This document contains not only the agreed objectives, policies, programs and projects but also success indicators and targets to measure progress in implementing them. To ensure the successful implementation of agreed actions, RFD may also include necessary operational autonomy.

The RFD seeks to address three basic questions: (a) What are ministry’s/department’s main objectives for the year? (b) What actions are proposed by the department to achieve these objectives? (c) How would someone know at the end of the year the degree of progress made in implementing these actions? That is, what are the relevant success indicators and their targets which can be monitored?

The RFD should contain the following six sections:

Section 1

Ministry’s / department’s Vision, Mission, Objectives and Functions.

Section 2

Inter se priorities among key objectives, success indicators and targets.

Section 3

Trend values of the success indicators.

Section 4

Description and definition of success indicators and proposed measurement methodology.

Section 5

Specific performance requirements from other departments that are critical for delivering agreed results.

Section 6

Outcome / Impact of activities of department/ministry

In the Chief Secretaries Conference in February 2010, it was decided that the Performance Management Division (PMD), Cabinet Secretariat, will provide assistance to States interested in implementing PMES / RFD at the state level. Pursuant to this decision, PMD has been providing technical assistance to interested States and, as of May 1, 2012, following states have already adopted RFD policy and are at various stages of implementation:

  1. Maharastra
  2. Punjab
  3. Kerala
  4. Himachal Pradesh
  5. Karnataka 
  6. Assam
  7. Haryana
  8. Chhattisgarh
  9. Tripura
  10. Rajasthan
  11. Andhra Pradesh
  12. Jammu and Kashmir
  13. Mizoram
  14. Meghalaya
  15. Odisha

Many other states have expressed interest for implementation of RFD policy, some of them being Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Puducherry.

The table below has links to the RFD’s of the various states. As and when more RFD’s become available they will be uploaded here.

Sr. No.


Results-Framework Document (RFD


Government of Jammu & Kashmir



Government of Haryana



Government of Assam



Government of Karnataka



Government of Himachal Pradesh



Government of Kerala



Government of Punjab


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