Ethiopia / Ghana / HUMIDTROPICS / IFPRI / Impact Assessment / Intensification / M&E / Mali / poster / Research / Tanzania

Monitoring and evaluation in systems research: Experience from Africa RISING

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is vital for tracking and measuring results, timely reporting, and keeping project managers and stakeholders up-to-date about successes and failures. For a big program such as the Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING) that focuses on a wide variety of (localized) agricultural innovations and brings together a large number of local and international research centres, M&E is especially important.

The project’s complexity requires an M&E system that allows regional projects and country teams to track both global and localized socio-economic and environmental indicators that can later be aggregated in meaningful ways to assess program-level outcomes and progress.

Over the last five years, Africa RISING has generated a huge amount of data through agronomic trials, household surveys, and focus group discussions, to mention a few. With so much information, it is crucial that data are properly stored and accessible to researchers and non-researchers alike.

This poster provides a self-reflective look at the key lessons and what it takes to operationalize a robust M&E framework for a complex systems research program like Africa RISING.

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Read a related story on monitoring and evaluation activities in Africa RISING.

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