Permaculture Evaluation Toolkit

The institute is partnering with the Permaculture Association…  

… on a new project to develop a Permaculture Evaluation Toolkit (PET).   The kit will help agro-ecological (AE) and permaculture initiatives to set up their own monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems and collect data to demonstrate their impact.   It will be designed for grassroots projects in Low and Middle-Income Countries, particularly those with very limited resources and little or no previous experience of M&E or impact assessment.

The aims of PET are to help permaculture initiatives to collect evidence to:

  • Reflect upon and improve their own effectiveness
  • Access funding
  • Create a collective evidence base on the impact of permaculture for use by researchers and policymakers.

The toolkit will include a step-by-step guide to setting up and implementing appropriate M&E and will offer a variety of measurement tools covering a range of sectors (e.g. health /nutrition, biodiversity, livelihoods).    Wherever possible we will use existing tools and will focus our resources on adapting and explaining them for our target users.  We will present participatory approaches where feasible.  Initiatives will be able to map their data to recognised sector indicators wherever possible (e.g. Sustainable Development Goals). 

During the toolkit development, we will be considering how to capture the additional benefits realised when initiatives adopt a holistic (systems) approach such as permaculture design.  The Permaculture Association is a key partner in the project and will be working with The Schumacher Institute to explore these challenges.

Phase 1 of the project includes forming a community of inquiry (with grassroots projects, funders and researchers), establishing the scope for the whole toolkit and producing the first two modules: ‘Getting Started with M&E’ and Nutrition. 

To contact the project email to kate at

Permaculture Association (

Photo credit for both pictures: Kate Walkom