Date: 13 October 2022

Place: virtual

Background: Accelerating transformation of food, land, and water systems under climate crisis requires institutional innovations. The Quality of Research for Development (QoR4D) framework facilitates CGIAR System-wide agreement on what constitutes “quality” for problem-oriented research designed to have impact. Experience demonstrated that R4D criteria should extend beyond conventional research output or impact metrics (e.g., peer-reviewed publications and their citations) and should include relevance, scientific credibility, legitimacy (which includes local acceptance), and effectiveness. QoR4D was co-designed using a consultative process and involving representatives from entities across CGIAR leading or assessing research quality.

The virtual Side Event “QoR4D to Strengthen Institutional Innovation” was held at the FAO Science and Innovation Forum 2022 and explored how QoR4D can strengthen different levels of institutional innovations as it supports good governance in CGIAR and AR4D organizations.


Introduction: Strengthening Institutional Innovation

Nompumelelo Obokoh, ISDC Vice Chair and CEO, South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP), South Africa

Evaluating Quality of Research - Why, How, Who and When

Jillian Lenne, Consultant in AR4D engaged with IAES on Evaluating Quality of Science in the CGIAR, UK

QoR4D Framework & Application

Andrew Ash, ISDC Member and Adjunct Professor, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia

From Quality Research to Impact – the Innovation Challenge

Holger Meinke, ISDC Chair and Adjunct Research Professor for Global Food Sustainability, University of Tasmania, Australia

Panel Discussion with Speakers

Moderated by Side Event Chair Nompumelelo Obokoh

Discussion opening

Marc Schut, Strategic Advisor and Senior Innovation and Scaling Scientist, CGIAR and Wageningen University & Research, Rwanda

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