How many of your policy-makers use integrated environmental assessments (IEA) as a trusted resource, and consider it a learning opportunity to improve policies? How do we know whether the assessment is useful and used, rather than just sitting on a shelf? Module 8 offers tools to help you monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of your national or sub-national IEA.
In Module 8, you will learn to develop a monitoring and evaluation plan, based on seven questions:
- What is the purpose of the evaluation?
- Who will use the evaluation results?
- Who will do the evaluation?
- What evaluation framework is practical?
- What needs to be monitored and evaluated?
- What are the steps to develop a self-assessment matrix?
- How can you use the evaluation to enhance a learning culture that keeps improving your IEA process?
Module 8 promotes an improvement-oriented evaluation that aims to increase the effectiveness of your national or sub-national IEA process by feeding lessons learned into the next cycle. Learning plays a central role. It shapes the monitoring and evaluation process, and keeps knowledge creation connected with policy making.
Module 8 challenges you with two questions:
- How to make sure your IEA has an evaluation component?
- How to design an effective evaluation that keeps improving your IEA process?
As part of designing an effective evaluation, you will develop measures to monitor and evaluate key outcomes from your IEA—relating to the change statement from your impact strategy and the important relationships you need to manage to achieve impact (Module 3). You will also develop measures to monitor the timely completion of key activities and outputs of your IEA process—relating to the important knowledge you will generate in your IEA and the opportunities you need to leverage in order to effectively communicate the results of your IEA to your target audiences.
For Module 8, you need to be familiar with the stages for developing an IEA (Module 2) and your impact strategy (Module 3).