Evaluating IPM Impacts

Evaluation uses the systematic collection of information to establish baselines, collect data, and analyze and document changes to determine if we have contributed to those changes. The Northeastern IPM Center collaborates with our partners to make information-based decisions about the effectiveness of our programs using a variety of evaluation tools including social network analysis and outcome-based funding. Our Center encourages the evaluation of IPM research, education, and outreach so that the benefits of this work can be more fully understood, promoted, and valued.

In addition, we conduct IPM evaluations at the Center to document our programs’ outcomes and impacts to communicate the important achievements of the Center and its associated programs to USDA NIFA, Congress, and the public.

IPM Planning and Evaluation: a website developed by USDA, offers excellent information on the use of logic models as a tool for planning projects and measuring their impact.

IPM Guidelines (standards that define IPM practices) serve as an important cornerstone of IPM evaluation work, as they provide a means of measuring the extent to which IPM is being put into practice and risks have been reduced. Support for the development of IPM guidelines is available through our IPM Partnership Grants program. Also, see the Guide to IPM Elements and Guidelines (PDF).

A Toolkit for Assessing IPM Outcomes and Impacts: a web-based resource for researchers and extension scientists with a background in agriculture or natural science, who are preparing proposals for conducting studies requiring impact assessment evaluations.