For the purposes of the FbD program, we define research and monitoring as two related but distinct areas of inquiry. While both are focused on acquiring new knowledge, research is characterized as the systematic, theoretically-informed collection and analysis of data (usually in a discrete focused study). In slight contrast, monitoring is the act of systematically measuring selected metrics to evaluate change over time, often after implementing an intervention to evaluate the degree to which desired or predicted outcomes are observed. Monitoring is also an integral part of adaptively managing programs and projects.
In the context of FbD, research and monitoring is inclusive across all domains of natural and social sciences relevant to integrated floodplain management.
Phil Rigdon Yakama Nation
“The Yakama Nation has worked diligently to restore this river and the many species that it supports including salmon and other culturally important plants and animals. However, we understand that we cannot accomplish our goal to “make it like it was” by ourselves. We need to continue to create partnerships and support the efforts of our partners.”