Monitoring and evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation are essential elements of a transition experiment. An important objective is learning by doing, in order to keep the experiment focused as closely as possible on the ambitions for the system innovation. This is summed up by the term ‘reflexive monitoring'. Reflexive monitoring continues throughout the experiment, from the planning stage until after it is completed, and involves assessing the experiment in its environment. You identify obstacles created by the regime and developments in the landscape and then reflect on what the findings could imply for your basic principles, goals and activities. This analysis might cause you to revise your points of departure and/or activities or consider new plans for the future.

 Focus on reflexive monitoring

The focus in the questions and answers that are presented here is on reflexive monitoring, which is specific to transition work. The questions and answers are the same as under Experiment.