CRP commissioned external evaluation (CCEE): Dryland Cereals

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 evaluation team began work in early May 2015: a number of overarching questions were formulated to explore the extent of added value generated by the Dryland Cereals.

1. Does the Dryland Cereals provide an effective framework and procedures for prioritizing research? Is research becoming strategically better focused on development outcomes as well as delivering the long-term high quality scientific research achievements which underpin these?

2. Is the Dryland Cereals generating synergy among centers and improving integration among disciplines and teams? Is knowledge being shared, technologies exchanged and capacity being built across countries and partners?

3. Is Dryland Cereals research becoming better aligned to the needs of smallholder farmers, consumers and other beneficiaries? Are gender and diversity issues being integrated into research planning and implementation and in the articulation of uptake pathways?

4. Is the Dryland Cereals developing a broader range of partnerships which contribute to research outputs and realization of outcomes? Is this adding value and likely to enhance the global benefits from Dryland Cereals research for poor producers and consumers?

5. How has Dryland Cereals managed resources to realize the new vision of the CRP; how have the multiple sources, levels and allocation of funding influenced incentives for bringing about change?

6. Are the governance and management structures, practices and reporting lines of the CRP efficient and effective? Is there clarity and a common understanding of the roles and operational procedures of different components of CRP management within the lead and partner institutions?

The Team

Adrienne Martin

Evaluation Team Leader

Adrienne Martin has forty years’ experience in international development and research relating to agriculture, natural resources, value chain development and gender and diversity. She has conducted many reviews and evaluations of agricultural research projects and programmes, as team leader and team member. She has designed and managed impact evaluations using quantitative, qualitative and mixed method designs. She was a team member for the meta impact analysis of the Irrigated Rice Research Consortium IRRC, responsible for examining social, cultural and institutional impacts, process analysis, impact pathways and the consortium’s influence on national research and extension policy (IRRI/SDC) (2013). Adrienne was a member of the review team for the CCER on Social, Economic and Policy Research across ICARDA (2014).

Rory Hillocks

Evaluation Team Member

Rory Hillocks has 36 years’ experience in agricultural research for development. Since 1989, he has been managing agricultural research projects involving a wide range of crops and smallholder farming systems. In 2011 he set-up the European Centre for IPM at NRI, as a platform to extend IPM know-how to European agriculture, in support of EU policies to decrease the use of conventional pesticides. Dr Hillocks has undertaken numerous consultancies on aspects of crop management and crop protection and agricultural research for development. He has been a regular member of the consultancy team that each year evaluates some of the CGIAR projects funded by the EC.

Ravinder Kumar

Evaluation Team Member

Ravinder Kumar is an experienced evaluator, researcher, implementer and learning facilitator in Agriculture, Value Chains, Natural Resource Management, Climate Adaptation and Local Economic Development sectors. He has been involved in more than 40 programme/impact evaluations, design of monitoring and evaluation systems and management information systems. He has experience in the experimental/quasi-experimental as well as theory based empowerment evaluation methodologies of impact assessment. He has conducted evaluations of large national programmes, evaluations of innovations and evaluation of international agriculture research; Evaluation /research studies of initiatives for improving better management practices in cotton in India.

Jonathan Robinson

Evaluation Team Member

Jonathan Robinson is an independent consultant and also the Adjunct Professor at University of Helsinki, Department of Plant Biology. Jonathan has carried out many reviews and evaluations at CGIAR centres, especially in the area of biotechnology, plant genetic resources and gene bank health, for IPGRI/Bioversity International and FAO. He carried out a scoping study on evaluating the impact of genebanks and genetic conservation through case studies of various mandate crops (for CGIAR Science Council Secretariat). He was team leader for impact assessment case studies at CIAT, CIP and CIMMYT for the CGIAR Science Council Standing Panel on Impact Assessment, and for the Independent external evaluation of the Generation Challenge Programme.

George Rothschild

Evaluation Team Member

George Rothschild has many years of experience in CGIAR research oversight gained as a former Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and former Board chair of the CGIAR Challenge Programme for Water and Food (CPWF). He is currently a board member of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) He was formerly principal adviser on natural resources in development to the Australian Foreign Minister, the Overseas Development Minister and the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy and is currently Chair of support committee to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Food & Agriculture in Development.

Paul Thangata

Evaluation Team Member

Paul Thangata has extensive experience in project management and implementation, evaluations, policy analysis, institutional development, designing strategic and operational plans for agricultural institutions. From 2008 to 2012, Paul was a Research Fellow with IFPRI based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he conducted policy and capacity development research on organizational efficiency and effectiveness of agricultural R&D institutions. Before this he was the Agricultural Economist (based in Botswana) for the SADC Secretariat’s SADC MAPP program and the creation of the Centre for Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CARDESA, now CCARDESA). Paul previously worked at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), based in Zimbabwe, where he coordinated the economics of Gender and HIV/AIDS and scaling up strategies for SADC regional projects. While with ICRISAT in Malawi (1992–‐1995), Paul was instrumental in the scaling up of new groundnut varieties and the promotion of income generating activities to reduce malnutrition, especially in female-‐headed households and other vulnerable groups. From 1988–‐1992, Paul worked with Malawi’s Department of Agricultural Research, where he conducted research in genetic and agronomic evaluation of rice, sorghum and millet. Paul is a Malawi national and holds a Ph.D from the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA, and an M.S. degree in Rural Development from Edinburgh University, Scotland.