Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) is multi-center and multi-CRP online platform for
integrated management, monitoring, and reporting of projects, from planning to budgeting, risks’
assessment, knowledge sharing and more. MEL creates synergy between research and development
partners, bridging competences in a results-oriented platform. MEL allows to save resources and
time, reducing paperwork, facilitating administrative steps, quickening project related
communications and enabling near real-time data collecting to inform decision-making.
MEL holds a flexible structure that can be tuned with impact pathways and results frameworks used by CGIAR and donors. Its modular structure allows the implementer to customize the platform and re-shape it to meet their specific needs.
The platform comes with an integrated Open Access repository that boosts the projects outreach. Carved in the system is the Knowledge Sharing tool-set, which includes an internal discussion forum, a technical assistance chat, project dedicated web-pages, and a communication-friendly module to write and disseminate project related blog stories.
MEL safeguards intellectual property and provides full credit to the authors of knowledge reported, making use of international metadata standards such as Dublin Core. The platform has been aligned with HR management, internal finance and internal sharing systems (e.g. One Corporate System – OCS, SharePoint).
MEL is the result of the synergic efforts by CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC), CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (CRP-RTB), The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), The International Potato Center (CIP), The World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), ICARDA Geoinformatics Unit (GU), and is powered by iMMAP, Codeobia, D-Space and Amazon Web Services.