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.
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.
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.