This brief note describes the initial steps taken by the ISPC between June and September 2015 towards developing a framework for qualitatively assessing relative priorities across the 45 unique sub-IDOs. It describes the results of two parallel efforts undertaken aimed at eliciting priorities from two distinct groups of CGIAR stakeholders.
Building on the experience of earlier advisory bodies, the ISPC applies lessons learned to ongoing and future studies and evaluations. In providing its advice to both the Fund Council and the Consortium of CGIAR Centers, the ISPC ensures that programs and activities are aligned with the new CGIAR Strategy and Results Framework. The ISPC has also offered its assistance to the Consortium CEO and Office in the development of criteria and guidelines for the preparation of revised CRP proposals and their effective review. Whilst the ISPC reports to the Fund Council, “the Consortium may seek advice from ISPC in areas that do not create a conflict of interest for either party.”
ADVICE TO THE FUND COUNCIL
The main purpose of the ISPC is to supply the funders of the CGIAR with independent, expert advice and counsel through regular reports to the Fund Council and the Funders Forum. This includes:
• Evaluation of the scientific quality, relevance, partnership arrangements and likely development effectiveness of Consortium investment proposals
• Foresight advice on trends and emerging issues, as well as potential strategies for addressing them
• Ex-post impact assessment of the development effectiveness of CGIAR investments.
This strategic think piece was commissioned by the ISPC in mid-2013. The aim was to provide an analysis of livestock-related research across the CRPs as a basis for providing advice to the Consortium and Fund Council on how best to enhance the CRP inter-linkages and coherence of the System’s agenda on livestock-related research issues.
ISPC Commentary on the Rice Agri-Food System (RAFS) Phase II Preproposal (2017-2022)
ISPC Commentary on the MAIZE Phase II Preproposal (2017-2022)
ISPC Commentary on the WHEAT Phase II Preproposal (2017-2022)
ADVICE TO THE CONSORTIUM
The ISPC serves as an important intellectual bridge between the funders and the Consortium of CGIAR Centers. It provides feedback and guidance on the quality of the proposed research and partnership arrangements in submitted investment proposals and on any deficiencies in the ex-ante impact assessments provided by the Consortium. In this way, we help to assess the quality of the research in specific areas at the system level and contribute to the ongoing development of the CGIAR strategic framework. The Consortium may also seek advice from the ISPC in areas that do not create a conﬂict of interest for either party.