Science Groups Evaluations Overview

The Independent Advisory and Evaluation Service (IAES) evaluates CGIAR's three Science Groups: Systems Transformation (ST), Resilient Agrifood Systems (RAFS), and Genetic Innovation (GI), aligned to the evaluation Terms of Reference approved by the Strategic Impact, Monitoring, and Evaluation Committee of CGIAR’s System Council.

These evaluations provide real-time feedback, facilitating institutional learning, ensuring accountability, and shaping CGIAR portfolio. 

They also aim to inform the 2025-2027 Multi-Year Evaluation Plan, driving continuous improvement and adaptation.

The design and conduct of SG evaluations align with CGIAR's Evaluation Framework and Policy, and guidelines on evaluating Quality of Science in CGIAR, key to achieving SDGs

Explore insights, findings, and recommendations intended to inform ongoing changes to CGIAR portfolio 2025-2030.

CGIAR Science Groups Evaluations in a Nutshell

Focus Inquiry Areas

Focus Inquiry Areas

  • Quality of Science: Develop high standards.
  • Relevance: Ensure strategic alignment.
  • Coherence: Create synergies and interlinkages.
  • Effectiveness and efficiency: Promote achievements and accountability to optimize resources.
Target users

Target Users

  • CGIAR System Council: Prioritize evaluations for accountability and steering.
  • Management of Science Groups: Seek evidence-based decision making and portfolio evolution.
  • CGIAR-wide stakeholders: Focus on learning and steering, aligned with CGIAR's Integration Framework Agreement.
  • External partners: Engage for greater impact and capacity sharing, following the Engagement Framework for Partnerships & Advocacy.

Timeline and Milestones

  • March-October 2024: Data collection, analysis, validation reviews and real-time engagements.
  • November 2024: Final endorsement of evaluation report and management responses.

Evaluation Teams

The Evaluation Function of IAES oversees and guides three independent evaluation teams, each led by an evaluation team lead. These teams consist of subject matter experts and research analysts from IAES's roster, ensuring compliance with conflict-of-interest policies.