The paper presents examples and approaches on conducting M&E of policy research from the current experience of a range of research institutes, think tanks and funding bodies. The approaches have been divided into the following five key performance areas: Strategy and direction; Management; Outputs; Uptake; and Outcomes and impacts. Research programmes or institutes may wish to focus on only one of these areas, or may combine approaches across the areas to form a more comprehensive M&E plan.
"This paper aims to advance understanding on how to monitor and evaluate policy research; that is, research that is undertaken in order to inform and influence public policy. Policy is defined very broadly to encompass both policy decisions and processes, including implementation.The paper is written with research programmes and institutions in mind, rather than individual researchers." Hovland, I. (2007) p. vii
Hovland, I. (2007). Making a difference: M&E of policy research, ODI Working Paper 281. London: Overseas Development Institute. http://www.odi.org.uk/rapid/publications/Documents/WP281.pdf