Measuring Progress Towards Sustainability: A View of the Main Approaches to Evaluation

  • Keith ChildEmail author
Part of the Natural Resource Management in Transition book series (NRMT, volume 2)


In this chapter, we examine the broad contours of the science of sustainability evaluation through a look at some of the dominant approaches in use today. By approaches, we mean an “integrated set of options used to do some or all of the evaluation”. While there are many elaborate ways to classify evaluations (e.g., purpose, methodology), here we restrict our review to those that are most commonly used to measure sustainability and subdivide approaches as primarily experimental, quasi-experimental, or observational. This is not intended to be a definitive guide to all evaluation approaches, but rather a concise attempt to navigate the tricky world of sustainability evaluation through a pragmatic and selective review of those that are most frequently employed within an agricultural development context.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Impact Works Inc.ChelseaCanada

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