Measuring the unintended benefits of a development program

Development programs often have a bigger impact than we intend – or even measure. The Transfer Modality Research Initiative in Bangladesh not only led to improved food security and nutrition, but also had a range of unintended benefits. In this Devex oped, our social protection team colleagues explain how this happened.

Lessons from IFPRI country programs on influencing policy decisions and strengthening capacity

It is often argued that the more researchers engage with policymakers, the more likely that their evidence will be used in policy decisions; also, that engagement is enhanced when researchers reside in the countries where they are conducting research. These notions were put to the test in a recent set of studies...

Disentangling natural resource management impacts – one evaluation at a time

Last week was a tough one for our small group of IFPRI researchers in Accra. On Tuesday, we delivered a message to one of our partner organizations there that its project to promote integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) to Ghanaian smallholders did not yield any measurable impacts during the course of our two-year evaluation.

What happened at the SPIA-PIM Conference on Impacts of International Agricultural Research?

The ISPC's Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) jointly organized a Conference on Assessing the Impacts of Agricultural Research: Rigorous Evidence for Policy in Nairobi in early July. The event drew 180 participants, just over half from CGIAR. For SPIA, the conference was the opportunity to >> Read more

Conference on Impacts of international agricultural research: Rigorous evidence for policy

The Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) of the CGIAR's Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) and PIM will hold a conference on assessing the impacts of agricultural research on July 6-8, 2017 at the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya.