Evaluating impact of participatory agricultural interventions: do we see what we want to see?

“Agricultural (research) programs without rigorous impact evaluation tend to focus on rapid testing (and rollout) of technologies with high-probability adopters to provide swift feedback to donor constituencies. Such programs also tend to favor numeric accomplishments over a deeper understanding of complex development processes with the unintended consequence of promoting solutions without strong evidence of impact >> Read more

Workshop: Impact evaluation for definition of priorities of agricultural research

Climate change, growing population, mounting pressure on existing productive resources call for innovation and more sustainable approaches in agriculture worldwide. The attention to agricultural innovation in Latin America is high, supported by a set of public and private initiatives financed by international credit institutions, such as the World Bank, national governments, and private organizations. As >> Read more

Report: Workshop on best practice methods for assessing the impact of policy-oriented research

Methods and practice for the impact evaluation of policy-oriented research (POR) lag behind many other research sectors, such as agricultural technology research, making it difficult to prioritize investments in POR and retarding institutional learning about how to make POR more effective. To address these issues within the context of CGIAR, a workshop on “Best Practice >> Read more

Impact assessment review of IFPRI’s research program on social protection, 2000–2012

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the CGIAR Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) commissioned and recently released an ex-post impact assessment review of the IFPRI’s social protection research program for the period 2000–2012. Completed by the group of experts from TANGO International, the report and accompanying brief are now available online and can >> Read more

Strengthening capacity of National Agricultural Research Institutes

The budgets of national agricultural research institutes (NARIs) in developing countries are subject to constant scrutiny, requiring these institutions to continually justify their spending. This uncertainty threatens long term research necessary for increasing agricultural production. In their efforts to show value for funding, NARIs are recognizing the importance of impact assessment studies. When the National Institute of Agricultural >> Read more