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
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.
The platform comes with an integrated Open Access repository that boosts the projects outreach. Carved in the system is the Knowledge Sharing toolset, 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 Dryland Systems (CRP-DS), CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (CRP-RTB), CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals (CRP-DC), CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes (CRP-GL), The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), The International Potato Center (CIP), The World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), ICARDA Geoinformatics Unit (GIS), and is powered by iMMAP, Codeobia, D-Space and Amazon Web Services.