A Comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Evidence to Policy Networks

Tanja Kuchenmüller, Evelina Chapman, Ryoko Takahashi, Louise Lester, Marge Reinap, Moriah Ellen, Michelle M Haby

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OBJECTIVE: To describe the development of a framework for monitoring and evaluating knowledge translation (KT) networks.

METHOD: The framework was developed using mixed methods over four phases, including i) a targeted literature review of KT networks, activities and indicators, ii) two scoping reviews to further enhance the set of indicators, iii) peer-reviews by international KT experts and an online expert consultation, and iv) piloting.

RESULTS: A comprehensive theory of change (ToC) and indicators, both for the Network Secretariat and its participating member countries, were identified to develop the monitoring and evaluation framework. The framework includes (i) a ToC, including three key indicator domains across the results chain (outputs, short term outcomes, intermediate outcomes), and (ii) indicators for the three key domains, that can be selected depending on the stage of network maturity, along with suggested data collection methods. The three key indicator domains are 1) KT capacity and skill building; 2) network (structure, governance and leadership); and 3) KT/evidence-informed policy value and culture.

CONCLUSION: The monitoring and evaluation framework that links KT activities with policy and health outcomes fills an important gap in optimizing KT procedures, generating lessons learned and increasing accountability of major multipartner KT networks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102053
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
Early online date18 Feb 2022
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2022


  • Evidence-informed policy
  • Knowledge translation
  • Monitoring and evaluation framework
  • Network


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