Monitoring, Evaluation, Impact Assessment and Learning (MEIAL)

The CGIAR SRF and SLOs represent the Results-Based Management (RBM) Framework adopted by all CRPs and embedded in the 15 Centers of the Consortium. The GLDC management structure is aligned to the RBM framework and supported by a Performance Indicator Matrix. It will also use Monitoring, Evaluation, Impact Assessment and Learning (MEIAL) processes to –

  1. Communicate the impact of research in contributing to solving development challenges;
  2. Implement agile learning about effective ways to design and deliver research impact at scale through strategic partnerships;
  3. Demonstrate accountability, benefits and value for money of investment in research; and
  4. Allow evidence based decisions to be made about how and where best to target public spending.

Given legacy uploads and use by Phase 1 CRPs (DS, DC, GL), the on-line MEL Platform software will form the basis of GLDC RBM practice. Accordingly, GLDC will budget circa 10% for RBM and MEIAL, strategically allocated to: 1) undertaking essential monitoring and targeted evaluations; 2) undertaking impact assessment studies not covered by bilateral funding; 3) defining common M&E standards through reflection and learning interventions with non-CGIAR Partners; 4) publishing meta-analyses that triangulate learning theory and publish cases studies with GLDC implementation data to extract R4D lessons relevant to poverty alleviation in dryland agroecologies; and 5) further development and implementation of the MEL Platform (in collaboration with CRP-RTB).

Management of cross-GLDC investment in and return from MEIAL will be through FP1 (CoA1.4): Enabling environments and scaling to accelerate impact.

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