A listing of all SPIA programs and activities that are ongoing, winding down or have been completed since 2010. Click on each program/activity title for more information.
This is a major new initiative from SPIA funded by DFID, the Gates Foundation, and ISPC with a budget of approximately US$ 12 million over the period 2013-2016 for a range of activities. The key objectives of SIAC are: (1) Methods: Develop, pilot and verify innovate methods for collection and assembly of diffusion data; (2) Outcomes: Institutionalize the collection of diffusion data needed to conduct critical CGIAR impact evaluations; (3) Impacts: Assess the full range of impacts from CGIAR research; (4) 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.
The final report for this study features a literature review of evidence assembled to date, a conceptual framework for measuring environmental impacts in the CGIAR, guidance to the CGIAR Centers on the use of non-market valuation approaches, details of four new case studies carried out by scientists at CGIAR Centers, and a new study by SPIA on the impact of crop improvement on agricultural expansion and land-use change.
A review was commissioned by SPIA as a part of its mandate to capitalize on newly available data and methods and thereby conduct rigorous assessments on the ways in which agriculture can affect various indicators of well being, which include poverty, hunger, and food security. It aimed to (1) review and provide critical evaluation of previous empirical ex post impact assessments within the CGIAR; and (2) suggest options that could be used by the CGIAR in ex post identification of the poverty impacts of technological change and the pathways involved in these impacts.
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.
- 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
Legumes are an under-evaluated crop group, and yet it is suggested that legume improvement could have impacts on gender equity, nutrition, and sustainable soil management. SPIA worked with scientists at ICARDA, ICRISAT, CIAT, and IITA as well as looked into potential partnerships with external agencies, research centers, and consultants to document the most important cases of adoption and impact of legume technologies. Final publications forthcoming in mid-2014.
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.