Impacts

SPIA activities that assess the full range of impacts of CGIAR research. Some of these activities are an attempt to fulfil Objective 3 of SIAC.

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ASSESSING THE IMPACTS OF INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ON NUTRITION AND HEALTH IN SSA AND SA, 2014-2016

Improved nutrition is a key CGIAR system level objective (SLO) but the agriculture-health-nutrition nexus is multi-faceted. There is an on-going effort through the CRP on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) to examine effective ways to exploit and enhance the synergies between agriculture, health and nutrition. SPIA recognizes the need to broaden and deepen the evidence base regarding the potential for agriculture research and development to leverage health and nutrition benefits, and complement the on-going work by giving priority to areas that are relatively “under-evaluated”. SPIA will support rigorous studies (using a range of methodologies) that examine the impact of international agricultural research on health and nutrition via on-farm production modalities or via changes in the marketing channels and the governance thereof.

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GERMPLASM COLLECTION, CONSERVATION, CHARACTERIZATION AND EVALUATION (GCCCE), 2009-2010

This study documented (measure and value) to the extent possible impacts related to the germplasm collection, conservation, characterization and evaluation (GCCCE) activities by the CGIAR. As past efforts in this sort of assessment had been limited in scope, scale, data and methods, one of the key objectives of this study was to propose a conceptual framework and set of methods that might be applied in future efforts to estimate these types of impacts. The perspective taken with respect to valuation was derived from the concept of total economic value, which embraces multiple sources of value.

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IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF POLICY-ORIENTED RESEARCH (PORIA), 2006-2010

In response to many requests from donors to the CGIAR, SPIA initiated this study to document the impact of growing investment by the CGIAR System in policy-oriented research (POR). The reference to ‘policy’ in this study does not define the sector or discipline of­ research; rather, this classification is based on the intended primary pathway to impact. The research involved can be in the social, biological, or physical sciences, as long as it was undertaken primarily to influence policy as a means of generating ultimate impact.