Synthesis and lessons learned from CRP evaluations

With the completion of all CGIAR Research Program (CRP) evaluations in 2016, IEA commissioned a Synthesis to build on the evaluative evidence, aiming to draw lessons and highlight patterns across the completed evaluations.

The evaluative evidence covered in the Synthesis includes CRP evaluations (IEA and CRP commissioned), as well as System wide strategic studies such as the IEA Review on Governance and Management (2014), the ISPC commentaries on Extension Proposals (2015‐2016) as well as the Consortium‐commissioned Elsevier Study on research performance.

The main purpose of the Synthesis is to:

  • provide a summary assessment on the overall performance of CRPs
  • identify patterns relating to the evaluation findings , such as CRP design and relevance, implementation and management, progress towards outputs, performance (achievement of objectives), likelihood of impact
  • draw lessons that can be useful for the second phase of CRPs (what worked and what did not work and why)

The Synthesis covers the timeframe of the first phase of CRPs, with the main focus on CRPs and their research and organizational performance. It also identifies System level issues that go beyond the individual CRPs.

The Team

Regina Birner

Team Leader

Regina Birner has been the Chair of Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development at the University of Hohenheim (Germany) since 2010. She has more than 20 years of experience in development-oriented agricultural research and has led numerous research projects in Asia and Africa. From 2004 to 2010, she was the leader of IFPRI’s Research Program on “Governance for Agricultural and Rural Development”. In 2008 she served in the core author team of the World Development Report on “Agriculture for Development.” Dr. Birner has acted as advisor to international organizations, including the World Bank, FAO and USAID and participated in various evaluations. Her research focuses on socio-economic issues in the context of agricultural development, including topics such as participatory research, institutions, knowledge and innovation, and gender. Dr Birner has extensive experience in evaluation – she led and participated in major evaluations of major programs of FAO, World Bank and IFAD. Dr. Birner has a PhD in Socio-Economics of Agricultural Development from University of Göttingen.

Derek Byerlee

Team Member

DEREK BYERLEE is an Independent Researcher based on Washington DC. He is currently Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University, USA. In 1978 he joined the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), based in Mexico and South Asia, and spent the bulk of his career there, working as an economist and research manager. In 1994, he joined the World Bank where we worked as Lead Economist, Rural Strategy and Policy Adviser and Leader of Agricultural and Rural Development in the Ethiopia Country Office. He finished his career in the Bank by co-directing preparation of the Bank’s flagship World Development Report 2008, the first on agriculture since 1982. Since leaving the World Bank, he has continued working with a number of international organizations with an emphasis on investment in agribusiness, large-scale farming and plantations, and intensification and land use. In 2009-12 he served as Chair of the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment of the CGIAR’s Science Council. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association of Agricultural Economists in 2004. Dr. Byerlee has a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Oregon State University, USA.