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Journal Article

IDS Bulletin Vol. 41 Nos. 6

Monitoring and Evaluating Agricultural Science and Technology Projects: Theories, Practices and Problems

Published on 1 November 2010

Recently there has been a realisation that agriculture, and in particular the viability and sustainability of smallholder farming, can be a key to poverty reduction in developing countries.

This article reviews approaches to monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of scientific and technological innovation projects and examines how approaches to M&E can be modified or enhanced to optimise positive impacts on those intended recipients. This article concludes that innovations are most successful when they are accomplished within ‘innovation systems’; that advantage should be taken of opportunities to involve intended recipients of the innovation at early up-stream and mid-stream stages of projects to assess the accuracy and adequacy of theories of change; that the types of tools and methods used in carrying out M&E influence the types of data obtained; and that the cultures of research and development institutions may inhibit reciprocal communications but the development of intermediaries between institutions and farmers could make a useful difference.

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This article comes from the IDS Bulletin 41.6 (2010) Monitoring and Evaluating Agricultural Science and Technology Projects: Theories, Practices and Problems

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Millstone, E., Van Zwanenberg, P. and Marshall, F. (2010) Monitoring and Evaluating Agricultural Science and Technology Projects: Theories, Practices and Problems. IDS Bulletin 41(6): 75-87

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Authors

Erik Millstone

Patrick Van Zwanenberg

Fiona Marshall

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Institute of Development Studies
doi
10.1111/j.1759-5436.2010.00185.x

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