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Policy-driven monitoring and evaluation: Does it support adaptive management of socio-ecological systems?

The AHIA-funded MEEM project output paper has been published in Science of The Total Environment.


The Monitoring and Evaluation For Ecosystem Management (MEEM) project was completed in Summer 2018. This AHIA-funded research
explores the potential for improvement within policy-driven monitoring and evaluation to better support adaptive ecosystem management.

In January 2019, the output paper of the MEEM project was published in Science of The Total Environment. The final article is entitled: 
"Policy-driven monitoring and evaluation: Does it support adaptive management of socio-ecological systems?"

Article Highlights

Highlights of this published MEEM research include:

"Policy strongly influences Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) of socio-ecological systems.

We examine M&E of 3 major European policies in 9 regional and national cases.

Policy-driven M&E is imperfect versus ideals of M&E to support adaptive management.

Attention needed to systems, social issues, sharing data, and sharing intended uses.

Examples from across Europe and different policies offer ideas for improvement."

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The results and conclusions of this research provide important insights for the future of European ecosystem management. Further perspectives on the MEEM high-impact project can be found in the following outputs:

  • Article: Journal article published in Science of The Total Environment.
  • Project Briefing: A four-page briefing addressing the main challenges and implications for improving monitoring and evaluation.
  • Slideshow: A Powerpoint overview of the MEEM project and its findings.
  • MEEM Webpage: The MEEM project page on the James Hutton Institute website.

For more information about this ongoing research, contact Kerry Waylen (kerry.waylen@hutton.ac.uk).