This report synthesizes the findings and recommendations of a critical review of impact assessemnts (IAs) of CGIAR irrigation and water management research. Critical reviews such as this one are intended to be the first step in encouraging new IAs of the under-evaluated topic in question, as well as provide inputs on improving the quality of IAs.
The Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) is a sub-group of the ISPC. SPIA’s mandate is to:
- provide the CGIAR with timely, objective, and credible information on the impacts at the system level of past CGIAR investments and outputs in terms of the CGIAR SLOs,
- provide support to and complement the CGIAR centers in their ex post impact assessment activities, and
- provide feedback to CGIAR priority setting and create synergies by developing links to ex ante assessment and overall planning, monitoring and evaluation functions in the CGIAR.
SPIA currently manages a large program called Strengthening Impact Assessment in the CGIAR (SIAC) that supports methods development, impact assessments and other studies, capacity strengthening, and a community of practice of impact assessment specialists in the CGIAR.
For more information on CGIAR Impact Assessment, visit the website (managed by SPIA) at http://impact.cgiar.org.
IEA managed evaluation of SIAC3 May 2017
The final report and management reponse from the SPIA commissioned, IEA managed evaluation of the SIAC program is on the IEA website. You can also read the inception report on the same page, and look through findings of the evaluation presented at ISPC 14 (ICRISAT, Hyderabad) in September 2016.
Vacancy announcement: SPIA Chair2 May 2017
The Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) of the CGIAR is seeking to appoint a Chair for its Standing Panel on Impact Assessment. The SPIA Chair plays an important role in expanding the evidence base on CGIAR impact. He/she is an ex officio member of ISPC, and serves for a term of 3 years with possibility of renewal for one additional term. The position requires a minimum commitment of approximately 40 days per year. Deadline for application 15th May, 2017. More information here.
DIIVA project book23 September 2016
Edited by Tom Walker and Jeff Alwang, Crop Improvement, Adoption and Impact of Improved Varieties in Food Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa (CABI) is the result of a major follow-up effort on the Evenson and Gollin baseline. Funded by the BMGF, DIIVA greatly advanced our knowledge of varietal adoption and diffusion in SSA. You can purchase the book from the CABI site or read the PDF on the IMPACT website here.