Integrated Monitoring, Evaluation, and Planning

With a commitment to continuous learning, the Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) has created IMEP, which stands for Integrated Monitoring, Evaluation, and Planning. This developmental monitoring and evaluation framework helps project teams, regional teams, and program staff understand what has been achieved, what needs to be addressed, and how plans should be modified to accomplish new or revised objectives.

What, So What, Now What

IMEP consists of tools that support systematized data collection and monitoring, ongoing evaluation, and incorporation of new findings into the planning process. This level of ongoing learning helps project teams and the CCRP respond in a more agile way to emerging challenges and opportunities.

IMEP promotes a systems focus, providing mechanisms to evaluate not just outputs but outcomes and how they are related. A better understanding of the relationship among outputs, outcomes, and longer-term impact helps set the conditions for innovation to occur. Project teams as well as the CCRP team can plan more broadly, bringing the right stakeholders to the table from the beginning. They can identify opportunities that might otherwise stay hidden and mobilize resources strategically.

To learn how project research results are connected to participatory approaches and development outcomes we synthesize our findings through the use of mini-case studies. View them here.

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Our learning framework is shaped by program theory as conceptualized in our Theory of Change, which was developed through an iterative process with the CCRP leadership team.The theory of change helps us identify funding strategies at the project, regional, and program level; identify research priorities and appropriate partners; and determine the lens through which to evaluate our work. The theory of change provides a unified framework to understand how the CCRP’s research outputs and our grantee support processes combine to create impact. We are systematically testing the hypothesis and approaches embedded in our ToC through monitoring and evaluation questions. Hover over the numbers in the ToC to explore.

CCRP Case Studies

  • Case Study: Andes Developmental Evaluation


    Developmental Evaluation on Andes Community of Practice by Kaia Ambrose, 2013

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  • CCRP and Students


    What has been the effect of working with the CCRP on students?

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  • Case Study: Andean Grains Projects


    Case study on Andean Grains Projects by Douglas Horton, 2013

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  • Case Study: WAf Seed Systems - English


    Seed systems case study by Anja Christinck, Marthe Diarra and Gottfried Horneber, 2014

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  • Case Study: WAf Seed Systems - French


    Seed systems case study by Anja Christinck, Marthe Diarra and Gottfried Horneber, 2014

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  • Case Study: “From Breeding to Nutrition: Orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes in farming and food systems of Uganda, Kenya and Burkina Faso

    “From Breeding to Nutrition: Orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes in farming and food systems of Uganda, Kenya and Burkina Faso. A case study of projects commissioned by the McKnight Foundation’s Collaborative Crop Research Program, 1994-2014.” By Anja Christinck, Marthe Diarra Doka, Gottfried Horneber, Grace Kagoro Rugunda, Grégoire Palé, and Cory William Whitney.

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  • New Frontiers in Legume Research

    A collection of case studies based on 10 years of research in Malawi, produced by the McKnight Collaborative Crop Research Program's Southern Africa community of practice.

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  • Advancing Together

    Highlights from 10 years of work in the West Africa Community of Practice of The McKnight Foundation's Collaborative Crop Research program.

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More information and resources

  • IMEP Handbook

    The CCRP has developed an IMEP handbook for its research projects.  The handbook serves as the basis for CCRP’s integrated M&E approach with projects.

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  • Project Research Quality Self-Assessment

    The CCRP Project Research Quality Self-Assessment is used by research projects and CCRP regional grantmakers to track the quality of research.

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  • Social Science Methods for Agronomist Handbook

    The CCRP has created a social science methods handbook for agronomists.  The handbook helps scientists trained in the biological sciences develop a foundation for using the social sciences in their work to help evaluate and make meaning out of their results.

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