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


Bob Herdt


J V Meenakshi


Erwin Bulte
Research Coordinator



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)

IAFPs from the Centers and CRPs have traditionally been the liaison point with SPIA for impact assessment (IA) activities. This has been useful in exchanging IA information, providing updates on SPIA work program and joint collaboration on IA studies. A list of IAFPs can be found in this PDF.

SPIA brings IAFPs together through the IAFP meetings: information on forthcoming and past IAFP meetings can be found on the SPIA events page. At these meetings, IAFPs make a brief presentation describing recently completed, currently underway or planned ex post IA studies, and highlight any methodological/institutional challenges they face related to IA. SPIA provides an update on work program and activities progress and seeks feedback.

SPIA engages with impact assessment work at Centers and CRPs through various other activities, some of which are highlighted below:

•    An online discussion board that is lightly moderated, providing a forum for impact assessment scientists to discuss various impact assessment and diffusion/adoption study issues (survey design, CAPI tools, collaboration on surveys, methodological approach etc.

•    Quality rating system – an online peer review rating system of CGIAR ex post IA reports.