This document provides a broad outline of CIFOR's research on Multilevel Governance (MLG) under project funding associated with Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+). The document outlines the key research objectives and methods. Much of the theoretical basis for this research is described by the literature review included as part of this package. The aim of this research is to answer several key questions concerning MLG institutions and land use decisions at the landscape scale, carbon emissions management, and benefit sharing related to different land use changes, including REDD+ initiatives. Studying the research agenda that is outlined in this document will give you the broad context of the CIFOR MLG-REDD+ research. Researchers will use this guide alongside accompanying survey instruments to develop their research protocols for data collection.