Welcome to the updated CGIAR evaluation guidelines. The Evaluation Function within the Independent Advisory and Evaluation Service (IAES) has engaged in co-design and revision of the guidelines to operationalize the CGIAR Evaluation Framework and Policy and reflect a number of changes in CGIAR.

The various evaluation guidelines facilitate alignment with the fifteen standards and principles of the Evaluation Framework, with a special focus on ‘capacity building’, ‘measurability’, and ‘mutual accountability’. They also give renewed emphasis on ‘a holistic and consistent CGIAR-wide approach to monitoring, evaluation and learning’, one of five pillars to the revised Evaluation Policy, with a view to strengthening the evaluation practice in CGIAR.

Conducting and Using Evaluability Assessments in CGIAR: CGIAR Evaluation Guidelines

guidelines coverPurpose: To operationalize evaluability and related standards in the CGIAR Evaluation Framework to improve evaluability, ensure cost-effectiveness, and contribute toward a continuous learning culture in CGIAR.

Audience: The primary audiences are evaluators, evaluation managers, and commissioners of evaluability assessments in CGIAR. Secondary audiences are those responsible for providing inputs into evaluations in the CGIAR system, and stakeholders to CGIAR evaluation practices. Users in other agricultural research-for-development (AR4D) contexts may find this document useful too.

This guidance should be read in conjunction with other evaluation-related guidelines.