Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation uses its Managing for Sustainable Development Impact approach across a range of sectors and domains in a variety of food system related contexts. We also aim to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Our approach helps addresses some of the most pressing concerns in these complex issues by taking a systems perspective in understanding and responding to a changing context. This requires engaging primary stakeholders in learning processes, designing effective strategies and related monitoring and evaluation (M&E) processes, and focusing on capacity development.
An integrated approach
We promote an integrated approach to planning and M&E processes in order to have a more sustainable impact.
Our Managing for Sustainable Development Impact work is therefore primarily aimed at development initiatives and the parties that are involved such as coordinators, directors and M&E officers, and also technical experts like food security experts and livestock specialists.
Support where needed
Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation assists customers and partners in establishing better strategic planning and M&E processes which inform decisions for change in a complex context. This involves the active engagement of relevant staff and stakeholders.
We offer support to many organisations, programmes and projects in developing theories of change. These lead to:
- the development of M&E policies, plans and related learning agendas;
- better ways of thinking through data collection methods and analyses;
- support for sense-making and decision-making processes.
In doing so the planning and M&E capacity of relevant staff and stakeholders is strengthened.
Experience in evaluations
Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation also carries out external (impact) evaluations for a range of clients to find the robust evidence and useful information needed for informed decision making. We encourage engagement among staff and stakeholders in the evaluations to make them utilisation-focused.
This is achieved based upon the rich experience within Wageningen University & Research in both theory and practice, combined with our close contacts with international evaluation experts and with a solid background in a range of methodologies fit for various evaluation purposes.
It requires a mindset change from seeing M&E as an external demand for proving something works to (also) seeing it as a useful learning process to improve and adaptively manage for impact.
For this purpose, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation engages people in learning oriented planning and M&E processes and supports the required capacities. This also involves strengthening leadership without which many of these processes cannot take place. In all of this work we pay close attention to communication as the red thread that binds everything together.