About SPIA

The Standing Panel on Impact Assessment is a sub-group of the CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) which has an advisory role, primarily to CGIAR members through the Fund Council, on issues relating to the quality, relevance and impact of CGIAR research activity.


  • To provide CGIAR members with timely, objective and credible information on the impacts at the system level of past CGIAR investments and outputs in terms of the CGIAR goals of enhanced food security, poverty alleviation and sustained natural resources
  • To provide support to and complement the centres in their ex post impact assessment activities; (this includes facilitating inter-centre impact assessment efforts and providing a forum for exchange of experience from impact studies)
  • To provide feedback to CGIAR priority setting and create synergies by developing links to ex ante assessment and overall planning, monitoring and evaluation functions in the CGIAR


In addition to their academic appointments, the current members are


Full-time staff at the ISPC Secretariat in Rome comprise: Nancy Johnson, James StevensonLakshmi Krishnan, and Ira Vater. (Click here for profiles). Post-doctoral researchers Frederic Kosmowski and John Ilukor are SIAC Consultants based in Addis Ababa and Lilongwe.

Major external collaborators:

SPIA partners with a number of academic researchers and institutions including Michigan State University (external site), Virginia Tech (external site), and the World Bank LSMS-ISA team (external site).