The ISPC's Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) are organizing a conference on assessing the impacts of investments in agricultural research.

The objectives of the conference are to present and discuss rigorous evidence from recent studies on how and how much agricultural research has contributed to development outcomes related to CGIAR goals of reduced poverty, improved nutrition and health, and improved natural resource management, and to consider the implications for how CGIAR and others set research priorities.

Special attention will be paid to the methodological challenges of assessing impacts of research and to the political challenges of using evidence in decision making.