CGIAR Impact Blog

Aug 2017

On what (and how and when) to measure when measuring impacts of agricultural research for development

Iain Wright is ILRI’s Deputy Director General for Research, and was a plenary speaker at the recent SPIA and PIM conference on Impacts of International Agricultural Research: Rigorous Evidence for Policy. The following blog post draws on his presentation, and has been cross-posted from ILRI News.

Jul 2016

Widely-adopted CGIAR innovations

SIAC mid-term workshops are an attempt to stock take funded studies, and through discussions provide feedback on analysis approach and preliminary results. The 30th July workshop focuses on the seven (7) studies funded under SIAC 3.1 – these are a rather diverse set of studies, some quite macro in nature, that assess the adoption and impact of a number of technologies that have apparently spread widely.

Mar 2016

IAs of under-evaluated areas of CGIAR research - inception workshop at IFPRI

An inception workshop was held on March 10, 2016 at IFPRI for four studies funded under SIAC activity 3.3 (under-evaluated areas of CGIAR research): (1) alternate wetting and drying, Philippines; (2) agroforestry, Kenya; (3) brachiaria grass, Colombia; and (4) forest co-management, Guinea (more information on the project

Mar 2016

NRM practices, ag. extension and measuring adoption

An oft-discussed issue when it comes to NRM practices (generated from CGIAR research) is what constitutes 'adoption'.

Mar 2016

Documenting adoption of NRM practices

Following a competitive call for expressions of interest in November 2015, SPIA conducted an expert workshop on how best to approach documentation of adoption of selected Natural Resource Management (NRM) practices linked to CGIAR research outputs (16-17 December, 2015). The NRM practices and countries of interest had been identified as high priority in a previous SPIA exercise of reviewing and rating claims made in annual reports and other relevant literature regarding the scale of uptake of CGIAR-derived NRM research outcomes.

Oct 2015

SPIA supported Advanced Methods in Impact Assessment training, September 2015

Through a funded collaboration with the University of the Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and ICRISAT, SPIA organized a workshop on “Advanced Methods in Impact Assessment” on ICRISAT campus, Nairobi (Kenya) between 21st and 25th September, 2015. The workshop was well-attended by CGIAR scientists (including biophysical scientists) from CGIAR Centers and a few NARS partners from around the world. In many senses, this was a first of its kind, and like any event there are always challenges and lessons to learn. For instance, non-economists who use SAS, SPSS, and R found it trickier to use STATA – the preferred statistical analysis package of economists. Given the mix of disciplines in the room, and the objective to cover the full range of quantitative impact assessment approaches, there was little time to discuss some topics (regression discontinuity design and endogenous regression switching models) in-depth – a preference expressed by some economists.
Feb 2015

AEA registry of RCTs

In 2014, we directed you to the 3ie database of impact evaluations. Here is another - the American Economic Association's registry for RCTs - one (implicit) purpose of which is perhaps to discourage ex post data mining with the focus on design and hypotheses. 29 of the 329 registered trials are tagged as agriculture, many of which are relevant to CGIAR (for instance, see this and this

Jan 2015

EASST call for evaluations in East Africa, Deadline: 02 Feb 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, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, or Uganda. Proposed designs will be evaluated by EASST, and the top ideas will be considered for research support. The full request for applications call can be downloaded below.

Dec 2014

End of the year SIAC update

We wanted to draw your attention to the last SIAC activities update of 2014 in which you will also find a brief narrative of plans for the next year. Keep an eye out for the Quality (Star) Rating/Review system in the new year. As ever, please write to us with your feedback and questions.

Nov 2014

Quick update and an interesting series

The SPIA experimental impact evaluations call announced in April 2014 is close to announcing grantees. We received 21 excellent expressions of interest (EOIs), and 8 were invited to submit full proposals, external reviews for which have been completed. The first stage (EOIs) for the other SPIA call issued in September 2014 is now over - post reviews a subset of EOI proponents will be contacted soon and asked to submit full proposals.