Why evaluate?

Evaluation is the systematic and objective determination of the merit of something (a process, activity, plan or outcome). In natural resource management, evaluation can be used to improve a programs delivery, or determine its success at completion. There are many strands of evaluation, drawing on different research disciplines. Independent evaluation can provide a credible assessment of achievements, as well as working with proponents to constructively respond to findings.

Evaluation challenges

Commissioning evaluations requires careful consideration of the objectives of the evaluation, and ensuring the methods adopted are appropriate. Determining broad-scale environmental outcomes can be technically challenging, requiring the use of sophisticated modelling tools to manage large scales, time lags and complex processes. Dealing with uncertainty can be a challenge for management, and well-designed evaluations can ensure that results directly inform planning and management cycles. Often this involves closer attention to the social, economic and institutional dimensions of resource management.


  • Monitoring and evaluation design
  • Project and program evaluation
  • Partnership evaluation
  • Report card development

Information on partnership evaluation

Examples of evaluation projects