Impact assessment

Impact evaluation of natural resource management research programs: a broader view

Date released
14 August 2013
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John Mayne and Elliot Stern


Many impact assessments focus on estimating net economic benefits from a program, and identifying a causal relationship between the impact and the intervention. Natural resource management research, however, operates under dynamic, complex and unpredictable conditions, and is likely to be a contributory cause rather than the sole cause of program results. This report lays out a complementary learning-oriented approach to NRMR program evaluation that focuses more on helping managers learn about their interventions and to understand why and how outcomes and impacts have (or have not) been realised.