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,...
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 Report.
The evaluation report on CGIAR irrigation and water management research IAs, and the latest update on DNA fingerprinting activity is also available.
Experimental evaluations call
SIAC's Project Steering Committee (PSC) approved the funding of 3 proposals under the April 2014 experimental evaluations call. More details on the project page. Full proposals will be shared shortly.
Open positions at CGIAR Centers and CRPs
CCAFS is looking for an agriculture finance specialist (Jan 2015). More details on the announcements page.
In August 2014, Greg Traxler and Mariana Kim (BMGF) organized a workshop on DNA fingerprinting where findings from SPIA-led DIIVA project, and the SIAC 1.1 effort led by MSU were presented. Brief summary of proceedings on the project page.
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.
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
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
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