This report synthesizes the findings and recommendations of a critical review of impact assessemnts (IAs) of CGIAR irrigation and water management research. Critical reviews such as this one are intended to be the first step in encouraging new IAs of the under-evaluated topic in question, as well as provide inputs on improving the quality of IAs.
The Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) is a sub-group of the ISPC. SPIA’s mandate is to provide CGIAR members with timely, objective and credible information on the impacts at the system level of past CGIAR investments and outputs in terms of the CGIAR SLOs, to provide support to and complement the Centers in their ex post impact assessment activities, and to provide feedback to CGIAR priority setting and create synergies by developing links to ex ante assessment and overall planning, monitoring and evaluation functions in the CGIAR. SPIA currently manages a large program called Strengthening Impact Assessment in the CGIAR (SIAC) which encapsulates these objectives as well as capacity building and development of a community of practice in impact assessment.
For more information on CGIAR Impact Assessment, visit the website (managed by SPIA) at http://impact.cgiar.org.
Is Rice Improvement Still Making a Difference?20 October 2015
SPIA, through a competitive process in 2011, funded three impact assessments (IAs) to broaden and deepen the evidence base regarding the impact of agricultural research on the overarching goals of the CGIAR. One of these three studies, a collaboration between IRRI and University of Missouri-Columbia, that aimed to try and assess the contribution of recent modern varieties and traits (of rice) to yield with a new level of rigor has just been published. The IA uses time series-cross sectional data on varietal adoption, input use, and outputs, along with innovative econometric methods for three country contexts (Bangladesh, Indonesia, and the Philippines), and applies econometric estimates in welfare modeling to explore how benefits generated have been distributed and with what consequences. One of the main findings is that over (2005) PPP$25 billion of benefits are generated over the period in the three focal countries by the diffusion of post 1989 MVs, of which PPP$9 billion are attributable to IRRI genetic contributions, with similar distributional implications to the total effect of newer MVs (results subject to a set of main modeling assumptions). Approximately 45% of benefits are captured by those under the PPP$2.0 per day poverty line, while the aggregate impact on health from reduced caloric insufficiency due to post 1989 MVs is nearly 1.5 million Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs). More about the background to this SPIA project as well as the publication (PDF) is available here http://impact.cgiar.org/impacts/poverty.
SIAC Midterm Review, February 201523 March 2015
Strengthening Impact Assessment in the CGIAR (SIAC) is a 4-year program of work funded by BMGF and CGIAR core resources. This mid-term review meeting, held in February 2015, aimed to (1) give an account of SIAC activities (assess progress-to-date, provide comprehensive, integrated overview of SIAC); (2) solicit advice and feedback on SIAC, taking constraints and new opportunities into account; (3) solicit advice on plans for a final review in late 2016, and (4) identify areas of focus for a potential second phase (from 2017). More details here.
Experimental Evaluations Call9 January 2015
SIAC's Project Steering Committee (PSC) approved the funding of 3 proposals under the April 2014 experimental evaluations call. 21 expressions of interest (EOIs) were received in June 2014, and 8 proponents were invited to submit full proposals by September. More details on the project page. Full proposals will be shared shortly.