CRP evaluation of Forests, Trees, and Agroforestry (FTA)

The first evaluation undertaken by the IEA was of the CRP on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. The CRP brings together four CGIAR research centers (CIFOR, ICRAF, Bioversity International, and CIAT) and key partners in their respective areas to work in partnership beyond normal research cooperation and coordination towards a common goal.

As the evaluation was conducted during the early phase of CRP implementation, the evaluation approach aimed mostly to be formative and forward-looking reviewing progress made so far towards results, and gender mainstreaming, governance and partnership aspects as well as other modalities of work introduced with the CGIAR Reform. The results of the evaluation aimed to provide inputs to the revision of the CRP strategy, including suggestions for a more efficient and effective organization of the work carried under the CRP.

The evaluation team was led by Markus Palenberg who was supported by a core team of subject-matter specialists. The first meeting of the evaluation team took place from 17-19 June in Rome.  In 2013, the evaluation team visited the headquarters of two CRP-FTA centers (CIFOR and ICRAF) and conducted field visits to Indonesia, Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon, Ethiopia, and Zambia.

The Team

Markus Palenberg

Evaluation Team Leader

Markus works as researcher, evaluator and consultant. His research focuses on evaluation methodology such as tools for efficiency analysis, the concept of results chains and the principal-agent dilemma.As evaluator, he conducts theory-based evaluations of complex interventions, for example of global programs and public-private development partnerships. Markus also consults programs and networks on impact strategies, internal governance arrangements and M&E systems. Over the last ten years, Markus has conducted more than thirty research and consulting assignments in the public and private sector, including eight global program evaluations. Markus regularly serves as peer reviewer of research publications and advisor during initial program design. Markus also served as Team Leader for the evalaution of CRP on Forests, Trees, and Agroforestry, conducted in 2014.