Supporting Rigorous Impact Assessment across the CGIAR
Engaging CGIAR’s impact assessment (IA) community is essential to strengthening rigorous impact assessment across the CGIAR since this is often where the constraints to more and better impact assessments by CGIAR centers and research programs lie. SPIA addresses this by:
- Developing and sharing synthesis products and guidance for research managers on understanding and using IA results in program design.
- Strengthen capacity to conduct rigorous impact assessment by supporting IA study design, review of center/research program impact assessment strategies, and development of standards, protocols, and trainings.
- Improve the usefulness and the use of data collected in impact assessment by developing and supporting the use of good practice when data sets are made public (in compliance with CGIAR policies) and supporting integration with initiatives that enable datasets to become Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-useable (FAIR).
Activities and Resources
- SPIA monthly webinar series, providing an opportunity for the impact assessment community of practice to jointly reflect on methods and approaches to impact assessment.
- Webinar series on Publishing Agricultural Development Research in Social Science Journals. Co-organized with the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), and African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD).
- Remote sensing for impact evaluation: Virtual workshop on the use of remote sensing methods for measuring environmental impacts
- Message from SPIA Chair on learning impact studies. Karen Macours, SPIA Chair, gives a short video overview that looks at what we know about impacts of recent CGIAR innovations, the value of this type of evidence for a stage gated process and how decision making in CGIAR can use impact evidence from learning studies.