Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is carried out at a number of different levels across Plantwise: local, national and at programme level. At a local level, M&E focuses more closely on plant clinic operations so that the organisations running the clinics can improve their performance in terms of quality of advice, geographic coverage, farmer satisfaction etc. At a national level, questions of interest to government policy are more relevant, for example how plant clinics contribute to delivering national objectives of supporting agriculture and managing pests, and the implications, including cost of government ownership of clinics and capacity development. At the programme level, CABI is interested in how the programme itself is performing and in learning lessons that will inform decisions about the interventions. This might include decisions on consolidation and scaling up in participating countries. The programme also aims to understand how country context influences implementation of the Plantwise approach.
Monitoring and evaluation outputs include information on best practices, lessons learned, successes and challenges. This facilitates adjustments in response to emerging insights into needs, relative effectiveness of programme activities etc. Additional research into plant health systems, such as short studies and large-scale impact assessments are being used to further develop specific intervention approaches.