Where this approach comes from
The approach used in this toolkit builds on previous work done by ODI’s Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) programme on monitoring and evaluating policy research. In particular ‘Making a difference: M&E of policy research’, by Ingie Hovland (2007) and ‘How to design a monitoring and evaluation framework for a policy research project’, by Tiina Pasanen and Louise Shaxson (2016). In 2007, Ingie developed five ‘performance areas’ that could be measured and evaluated:
The toolkit focuses specifically on strategy, management, outputs and uptake. They do not focus in detail on outcomes and impact, as this requires a more comprehensive evaluation plan. However, communications monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) should be seen as an integral part of this process, not separate.