The evaluation is one of the five CRP commissioned evaluations requested by the CGIAR Fund Council, to assist and inform he planning and approval process for Phase II of the CRPs. To assist CRPs in this effort, IEA provided quality assurance advice and support, as well as quality validation and review of processes and outputs.
The specific purpose and objectives of Humidtropics’ CCEE were to:
Provide useful evaluative information to Humidtropics relevant for assessment of performance leading into a full proposal for the second CRP funding cycle. All CRPs are undergoing mid-term evaluations to inform the upcoming second call for CRP proposals in early 2016, which will result in a substantially revised set of CRPs to be initiated in 2017.
- Inform Humidtropics’ appraisal process by Humidtropics partners, CO, ISPC, and Fund Council in particular with respect to:
a) Verification of the plausibility of achieving results through Humidtropics’ ToC, related Impact Pathways, and main research areas, as these have been manifested since the program’s approval in 2012, and through subsequent programmatic adjustments made in response to ongoing CGIAR system reforms.
b) Assessment of the adequacy of systems in place for good organizational performance and responsiveness related to governance, partnerships, collaboration, staff, management, planning, monitoring, finance, and accountability.
c) Assessment of the plausibility of the integrated systems approach adopted by Humidtropics. This includes research on new methods, approaches, and tools designed to: improve the capacity to innovate among systems actors; enhance the ability of women and youth to participate in identifying and prioritizing problems and opportunities; experiment with social and technical systems innovations; share knowledge that improves the sustainable intensification of dominant production systems; and support scaling up of innovations towards achieving IDOs and long-term impact.