Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plays a central role in ensuring
accountability, informing decision-making and, more broadly,
facilitating learning. The programmes within the DFID-funded Renewable
Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) have developed some
innovative methods of M&E. The RNRRS also saw an evolution in
thinking in M&E, moving from a focus on the M&E of research
products to a recognition that the context and mechanisms for adoption
of research products are equally important, as is the effect on poverty
The Brief looks at the RNRRS system and highlights some innovative
methods that have been developed for monitoring research outputs and
outcomes and for assessing uptake and impact processes, innovation
systems and organisational learning. It concludes by sharing relevant
lessons for future natural resource research strategies. The Brief
provides a synthesis of new knowledge rather than a comprehensive review
of current information.
This Brief is an edited summary of a paper written by Kath Pasteur and
Susanne Turrall (2006): A synthesis of monitoring and evaluation
experience in the Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy.
Turrall, S. Pathways for change: monitoring and evaluation. Learning from the Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy. (2007) 7 pp.
Pathways for change: monitoring and evaluation. Learning from the Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy