IEA conducted a System-wide Evaluation of Results Based Management to learn lessons from the experience of introducing and implementing different aspects of RBM in CGIAR. On the basis of international experiences, the evaluation team formulated ten good practice principles for RBM applicable to CGIAR’s context and proposed a Theory of Change for RBM in CGIAR.
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This Evaluation was the first comprehensive assessment of partnerships in CGIAR and it focused particularly on the extent the 2009 CGIAR reform has led to strengthening of strategic partnerships.
The Evaluation highlighted the role partnerships have historically played in CGIAR, and found that the reform has had positive effects. Main findings include evidence of more strategic relationships with an increased number of partners, illustrated by more explicit roles and clearly defined responsibilities. For private-public partnerships, the Evaluation found ambiguity in understanding the strategy and methods of engagement with the private sector, which has a role both in the enhancement of science and delivery.
Recommendations focused on linking partnership strategies with research strategies, optimizing partnership models, addressing resource issues that influence partnerships and partners’ roles in managing research. The Evaluation recommended that the strategic role of multi-stakeholder partnerships be explored and guidance be prepared for engaging in public-private partnerships. It was recommended that CGIAR at the System level clarifies how partnerships are expected to be funded and what are the implications of current funding trends on partnerships. The Evaluation also recommended better staring of experiences about partnerships across CGIAR and more closely involving NARS with requisite capacity and commitment in research management.
The CGIAR System Management Board (SMB) welcomed the Evaluation findings and recommendations. In responding to the Evaluation, the SMB fully agreed to and supported all six recommendations. In its response, the SMB indicated areas where actions to improve partnerships and strengthen engagement with NARS can be taken, such as through CGIAR country collaboration activities and through better monitoring of progress on partnerships through the new performance-based management system.
Summary Report – Evaluation of Partnerships in CGIAR
Final Report – Evaluation of Partnerships in CGIAR
Final Report: Annexes – Evaluation of Partnerships in CGIAR
System Management Board Commentary – Evaluation of Partnerships in CGIAR
The review covered the IA Principles in a comprehensive manner regarding coverage, adequacy, and appropriateness of the Policy. The review assessed both appropriateness and effectiveness of the IA principles and the efficiency and transparency of their implementation. It also assessed reputational issues that may arise from the manner by which CGIAR manages and governs its IA.
The Evaluation of the Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) – CGIAR’s independent scientific advisory body – was recently completed. The Evaluation assessed the relevance and scope of the leadership and advisory functions, as well as the work of the ISPC.
Evaluation report has been finalized with receipt of the Management Response from ISPC.
What have been the lessons learned from developing and using Theories of Change (TOC) in CGIAR’s research for development programs? What are the main features and elements of a good TOC? How have they been assessed, and what input can they provide for assessing a program?
Read more from the IEA technical workshop on the “Development, Use, and Assessment of TOC in research for development programs”.
A summary video of the main findings and recommendations from the Gender in CGIAR Research evaluation.
More info on the evaluation is available online
IEA has initiated the evaluations of three cross-cutting themes scheduled to be completed by early 2017. The evaluations will draw on the findings of the completed CRP evaluations, and review strategies and progress on these critical areas of work across CGIAR.
The Evaluation of Gender in CGIAR was completed in 2017, and is the first independent, System-wide evaluation on this topic. The Evaluation was conceived to cover two dimensions; Gender in CGIAR Research, and Gender at the workplace; since both contribute to the common objective of gender equity.
Both Evaluation reports have been finalized with receipt of the Management Response from the CGIAR System Organization.
IEA has completed the evaluations of 10 CGIAR Research Programs, which serve as the first set of evaluative information on the research and organizational performance of CRPs since their formation as a new modality of conducting research for development and collaboration in CGIAR.
IEA organized a 1.5 day (10-11 December) internal workshop to discuss approaches and experiences for assessing science quality, primarily through evaluations in the CGIAR. The overall purpose of the workshop was to consolidate and strengthen IEA’s approach to evaluating quality of science in the CGIAR considering the evaluation framework, evidence used, interpretation of findings and lessons for users of evaluation.