The wide variation in the quality of ex post impact assessments coming out of the CGIAR has been recognized by both donors and peers alike (Science Council, 2009). Although it exerts no direct control over the quality or publication of those ex post IAs, SPIA has been given a mandate to improve the quality and hence credibility of ex postIAs within the CGIAR. As such, SPIA under the SIAC (2013-2016) program, is establishing an external review and quality rating mechanism whereby Centers and CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) would be encourages to subject their ex post IAs to external peer review.
For more information on the review process and quality rating mechanism, please refer this document (PDF). Please email Lakshmi Krishnan [lakshmi(DOT)krishnan(@)fao(DOT)org] at SPIA if you have questions or comments.