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New publications

The evaluation report on CGIAR irrigation and water management research IAs, and associated Impact Brief (#49) is now available. Briefs based on two studies documenting the impact of improved maize varieties on household well-being and overall rural poverty in Ethiopia, and the impact of improved common bean varieties on field-level yields, costs of production, and household farm incomes in Rwanda and Uganda are now out.

The underlying studies are related to work on adoption of 20 food crops across 30 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, data for which was collected as a part of the Diffusion and Impact of Improved Varieties in Africa (DIIVA) project. DIIVA publications include the Impact Brief No. 42, and the Synthesis ReportWe also recommend the Impact Brief on impacts of legumes research in the CGIAR (#44) and synthesis report.

Innovative approaches to collect ag. tech. adoption data - updated

MSU, on behalf of SPIA, led a call for proposals in Feb 2015 to explore innovative approaches (including mobile surveys) to collect agricultural technology adoption data through a case study in India. MSU will work with 3 private sector firms in different parts of India to collect data on a few different technologies/crops. More details on the project page.

Open positions at CGIAR Centers and CRPs

CIP is recruiting for an agricultural economist post-doc position based in Bangladesh or Vietnam (announced February 19, 2015). CIMMYT has a number of open positions: two socio-economists (market/value chain, senior foresight specialist), an ex-ante impact specialist, and adoption/impact economist, and an agricultural economist. Please see CIP and CIMMYT websites for more information.

CGIAR Impact Blog

Feb 2015

In 2014, we directed you to the 3ie database of impact evaluations. Here is another - the American Economic Association's registry for RCTs - one (...

Jan 2015

The EASST Collaborative is inviting researchers living in East Africa to submit research designs focused on the rigorous evaluation of a social or economic development program implemented in the region. Researchers must be based in Ethiopia,...


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Significant publications of ex post impact assessments (epIAs), both commissioned by SPIA and CGIAR Centers and CRPs showcasing a range of methodological approaches and impacts.

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ex post Impact Assessments (ex post IAs) of research activities of the CGIAR mapped geographically, with filters for System Level Outcomes (SLOs) and types of research activities. View the map

Strengthening Impact Assessment in the CGIAR (SIAC)

SIAC is a major new initiative from SPIA funded by DFID, the Gates Foundation, and ISPC with a budget of US$ 12 million over 2013-2016 for a range of activities. The key objectives of SIAC are:

  • Methods: Develop, pilot and verify innovate methods for collection and assembly of diffusion data
  • Outcomes: Institutionalize the collection of diffusion data needed to conduct critical CGIAR impact evaluations
  • Impacts: Assess the full range of impacts from CGIAR research
  • Building a community of practice: Support the development of communities of practice for ex post impact assessment within the CGIAR and between the CGIAR and the development community more broadly

Diffusion and Impacts of Improved Varieties in Africa (DIIVA)

There are three major components to this outcomes and impact study which is supported by a 3-year, US$3 million grant from the Gates Foundation.

  • To describe investments in and uptake of crop genetic improvement in priority country-by-commodity combinations in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
  • To verify and gain a deeper understanding about the adoption and diffusion of new varieties in a nationally representative setting of selected priority countries and food crops in SSA
  • To gain a more comprehensive understanding of the impact of crop improvement on poverty, nutrition and food security