CEWG leads a workshop on monitoring and evaluation for Sustainable Land Management with TerrAfrica
Monitoring and evaluation often can be the first piece of a program to be swept under the rug. It can be time consuming and expensive, and some organizations may not have the skills or capacity to implement a complex monitoring protocol. The CEWG has been working for many years to develop an M&E system that works for landscape leaders. In other words, an approach to M&E that is affordable and can be down with the time and skills that leaders in any landscape are likely to have or be able to develop with minimal training. Although the CEWG has long provided materials for M&E on the Landscape Measures portal, we had yet to develop a complete curriculum for landscape leaders. This project, generously supported by TerrAfrica, gave us the opportunity to do just that. CEWG Director, Louise Buck, along with colleagues from EcoAgriculture Partners, led the development of a complete curriculum for M&E in the context of sustainable land management (SLM) in Africa. This curriculum is especially designed for landscape leaders in East Africa who are interested in implementing collaborative M&E. Along with the curriculum, we developed training guides for a set of tools that can enhance M&E: Ground-based Photo Monitoring and Spatial Planning. A special thanks to CEWG member, Jim Lassoie, and former student, Lindsay Myron, for leading the development of the Ground-Based Photo Monitoring Guide and pilot testing the tool in Ethiopia! The entire curriculum was piloted at a workshop for landscape leaders in Ethiopia in July 2014.