‘Monitoring’ tracks key indicators of progress over the course of GrainLegumes’ implementation as a basis to evaluate outcomes of its research and interventions. Operational ‘evaluation’ examines how effectively programs were implemented and whether there are gaps between planned and realized outcomes. Impact evaluation assesses changes in the well-being of poor smallholder farming families. Another important purpose of M&E is to learn lessons from our experiences that improve the design and targeting of future research-for-development.
The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) plan for Grain Legumes will conform to the CGIAR consortium framework on ‘Monitoring and Evaluation System’ that is under development.
Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Grain Legumes
GrainLegumes generates outputs such as genetic and genomic resources, improved crop varieties,value-added products from crops, crop management technologies, information, and capacity-strengthening services. In CGIAR lexicon, outputs lead to outcomes (use by our partners – research outcomes, and by farmers – development outcomes), finally leading to impacts (benefits received by the poor). As outputs move towards having impact, the leadership role of development partners steadily increases, while the role of research institutions focuses on the provision of supporting services. M&E will examine the effectiveness of the entire system, because this is essential for learning from both successes and shortcomings. GrainLegumes partners will also conduct their own internal M&E of agreed research activities.
GrainLegumes’ intended outputs are documented in logical frameworks (logframes) developed during workplanning for each Product Line. GrainLegumes’ Research Management Committee (RMC) monitors the delivery of those outputs and evaluates the quality and effectiveness of their adoption and use by partners.
The Independent Advisory Committee will also play an M&E role by conducting focused short-term reviews on specific topics. When needed, additional expertise will be commissioned.
Some major indicators to be used for GrainLegumes M&E include:
- Effective use of genetic resources and new sources for valuable traits;
- Cutting-edge scientific knowledge on genetics and genomics of legume crops published;
- Cultivars derived from GrainLegumes germplasm released by national programs and grown by farmers;
- Efficient, effective seed systems operating in target countries, supported by harmonized national and regional regulatory frameworks;
- Crop and region specific post-harvest technologies utilized and increasing value received by smallholders;
- Novel and innovative value-added products identified and pilot-tested that increase the value capture by smallholders;
- Capacity-building and technology delivery are improving farmers’ access to innovations;
- Farmer and consumer acceptance of final products;
- Publication of peer reviewed research articles, curated data sets and learning materials in easily-accessible channels.