Evaluation of Strengthening Impact Assessment in CGIAR (SIAC)

This is an evaluation of the first phase of SIAC: a major project on ‘Strengthening Impact Assessment in the CGIAR’, managed by the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) of ISPC.

The evaluation was commissioned and financed by SPIA, and the Independent Evaluation Arrangement of the CGIAR (IEA) was requested to manage it in order to ensure evaluation independence.

This evaluation has two main objectives:

  • for SPIA to demonstrate accountability to SIAC donors
  • to contribute to a better understanding of SPIA’s contribution to the CGIAR

The Team

Julia Compton

Team Leader

Julia Compton’s background is in agricultural research and rural development, predominantly in Africa.. She worked for ten years in the UK Department for International Development (DFID), first as a rural livelihoods adviser, and eventually as deputy head of evaluation. Since leaving DFID in 2010 she has worked as an independent consultant specialising in evaluation, agriculture and food security and rural development. Julia recently led the evaluation of the CGIAR Research Programme on Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (A4NH).

Timothy Dalton

Team Member

Timothy Dalton has extensive experience in agricultural technology adoption and his research focuses on the relationship between agricultural production, technological change and the environment. Dr. Timothy J. Dalton serves as the Director of the Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab. Professor Dalton received an A.B. from Columbia University in 1988, an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois in 1992 and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics in 1996 from Purdue University. Dr. Dalton’s research and development experience in sorghum and millet stretches back 20 years back to a M.S. thesis on dryland sorghum and millet farming systems in the Peanut Basin of Senegal followed by an award-winning doctoral dissertation on the ex-ante economic impact of improved sorghum varieties on soil degradation in Southern Mali (partially funded by INTOSORMIL). He is well versed in interdisciplinary research and specialized in understanding the relationship between agricultural production, technological changed and the environment. He has extensive professional experience in more than 20 African nations.