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 (Paris School of Economics and INRA)


Doug Gollin (Oxford University)


J V Meenakshi (Delhi School of Economics)



SPIA staff at the ISPC Secretariat in Rome comprise: Nancy Johnson, James Stevenson, Lakshmi Krishnan, and Ira Vater. Frederic Kosmowski is a SPIA staff member based in ILRI and working with the LSMS-ISA team.


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.