The Independent Evaluation Arrangement (IEA) of the CGIAR is an independent unit which supports the CGIAR in the pursuit of its objectives defined as: reduction of poverty; improving food security; improving nutrition and health; and the sustainable management of natural resources. In this role, the IEA manages and supports external evaluations which aim to provide accountability, support to decision making, and lessons for improving quality and effectiveness of agricultural research for development outcomes.

History of IEA

In the past, for the CGIAR, the former Science Council (now the Independent Science and Partnership Council) commissioned and organized External Program and Management Review (EPMRs) of CGIAR Centers. Individual Centers and donors commissioned reviews and evaluations, and a periodic independent review of the CGIAR as a whole was undertaken approximately every ten years.

The last of the independent reviews of CGIAR was completed in 2007 and set the stage for the creation of the present institutional structure of the CGIAR.

The reformed CGIAR has a uniquely networked architecture of dynamic multi-stakeholder partnerships like no other international development organization. It comprises a Consortium of autonomous research centers which, with their partners, implement a variety of global CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) and a Fund Council that coordinates financing by international donors. The Fund Council, Consortium, and Centers are advised by the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA), which has a mandate to provide credible timely, and objective information on the impacts of agricultural research at the system level.

In 2012 the CGIAR Policy for Independent External Evaluation was approved by the Fund Council and by the same token the Independent Evaluation Arrangement (IEA) was born. The mission of the IEA is to promote accountability, knowledge-sharing, learning and a culture of evaluation across CGIAR, whilst assessing the extent to which the CGIAR research efficiently contributes to the objectives CGIAR.