Georgina Smith / CIAT

Impact Assessment


The Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) is an external, impartial standing panel of experts in impact assessment subject matter appointed by the System Council and accountable to it. SPIA is responsible for providing rigorous, evidence-based, and independent strategic advice to the broader CGIAR System on efficient and effective impact assessment methods and practices, including those measuring impacts beyond contributions to science and economic performance, and on innovative ways to improve knowledge and capacity on how research contributes to development outcomes. More specifically, SPIA’s mandate is to:

  • Expand and deepen evidence of impact of CGIAR research investments on CGIAR Strategy and Results Framework (SRF) outcomes and associated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),
  • Support CGIAR's strong committment to embed a culture of impact assessment into the System.

To fulfill its mandate, SPIA works with a wide range of partners inside and outside CGIAR. SPIA also works with other CGIAR external advisory services, and may convene and/or broker strategic impact assessment discussions at the request of the System Council.

Between 2013 and mid-2017, SPIA managed a large program called Strengthening Impact Assessment in the CGIAR (SIAC) that supported methods development, impact assessments, and capacity strengthening of impact assessment specialists in the CGIAR. Based on this program, SPIA has produced a series of syntheses reports, technical notes, and impact briefs as well as occassional blogs.