SPIA Community

The Standing Panel on Impact Assessment is a sub-group of the CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC), which has an advisory role, primarily to CGIAR members through the System Council, on issues relating to the quality, relevance and impact of CGIAR research activity. The Panel is supported by a Secretariat and each Center/CRP has an impact assessment focal point (IAFP).


In addition to their academic appointments, current members are:

Karen Macours


Doug Gollin


J V Meenakshi



SPIA staff at the ISPC Secretariat in Rome comprise: Nancy Johnson, James Stevenson, Lakshmi Krishnan, and Ira Vater. Post-doctoral researchers Frederic Kosmowski, John Ilukor, Haruna Sekabira and Stella Wambugu are SIAC consultants working with the LSMS-ISA teams.

Impact Assessment Focal Points (IAFPs)

SPIA’s primary points of contact with CGIAR centers and CRPs are the Impact Assessment Focal Points (IAFPS). IAFPS, who are appointed by their institutions, maintain the flow of between SPIA and the research programs and also form a community of practices around impact assessment issues in CGIAR.