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NRM MERI framework: Australian Government natural resource management monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement framework
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- Author / Creator
- Australian Government Land and Coasts
- Commonwealth of Australia 2009
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- Creative Commons Attribution
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License.
- Full Abstract
- This natural resource management monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement framework (MERI Framework) is a broad, overarching document. It provides a generic framework for monitoring, evaluating, reporting on and improving Australia’s approach to managing key assets. The key asset classes in the natural resource management (NRM) context include human, social, natural, physical and financial assets. At the program level, evaluation strategies will be developed to provide details for implementing the MERI Framework. Monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement are integral components of NRM programs. These activities provide approaches to assess the impact, appropriateness, effectiveness, efficiency and legacy of policies and programs and a process to promote accountability. The purpose of the MERI Framework is twofold. It explains the overarching conceptual framework for evaluating NRM programs with an emphasis on learning, improvement and accountability; and it is intended to guide the development and implementation of program-level and investment-level evaluation plans. A separate document, Natural Resource Management Assets and Indicators, supports this document to guide implementation of the framework. Appropriate indicators and methods of measurement are continually being developed. Consequently, the Natural Resource Management Assets and Indicators will be a version-controlled living document rather than a static framework. Evaluation is an essential component of natural resource planning and management. It must be considered at every stage of investment and program planning and implementation. The purpose of the MERI Framework is to reinforce, review and refine natural resource management and investment strategies and practices to ensure that adaptive management occurs as part of continuous improvement. MERI provides a model for assessing program performance and the state of and change over time in assets against planned immediate, intermediate and longer-term outcomes. It provides opportunities to improve program and project design and delivery and to reorient investment at key decision points throughout the life of the investment strategy or policy. A series of companion documents will provide guidance on specific approaches to and tools for NRM monitoring and evaluation that are compatible with the broad approach of this MERI Framework.
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- Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Canberra, ACT
- Subject (AGROVOC)
- Natural resources; evaluation; data collection; resource management; management; Water resources; Assets; monitoring; IFAD; managers
- Subject (GEMET)
- monitoring; self-monitoring; management of natural resources; evaluation; indicator; management; planning; plan; government (cabinet); investment
- Subject (Author)
- monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement; MERI; natural resource management
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