Monitoring, Impact Assessment and Learning (MIL) is a key element of the new DFID Research Into Use programme. In Nigeria, some of the elements of the requirements of MIL have been considered during the Inception Phase of the programme through asking three key questions:
1) Learning to inform design; how does research get into use in Nigeria?
2) What is the existing data situation in Nigeria and what are the implications for RIU?
3) How are other, similar donor-funded initiatives responding to the data paucity and what can be learned from them?
This report provides partial answers to all three questions. Two learning case studies, on maize and aquaculture respectively, highlight the complexity and longevity of timeframe required for getting research into use. The case studies offer direct lessons for RIU; both in terms of the selection and refinement of areas of intervention for the programme, but also outlining areas of opportunity for deeper analysis and learning in the two sub-sectors.