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.
News at the IEA
An update on two areas of work reported in our last IEA newsletter:
IEA is seeking Expression of Interest (EOI) from qualified consultants for the upcoming Evaluation of Partnerships in CGIAR.
Each year, the IEA presents a Work Plan and Budget, for the endorsement of the Fund Council, for new as well as ongoing activities. The 2016 workplan and budget was submitted and approved to the Fund Cuncil meeting in November 2015.
IEA December newsletter provides on update on evaluations across CGIAR, including:
Building a strong community of evaluators in CGIAR is an important step to improve the quality and practice of evaluation across the system in an aim to increase learning, advance change, and improve results of programs. The IEA has been working to engage with evaluators in CGIAR to build a community of practice with the aim of building further capacity, sharing information and knowledge.
IEA, in coordination with the evaluation offices of the Rome-based food and agriculture agenceis (FAO, IFAD and WFP) jointly organized a technical seminar entitled “Enhancing the evaluability of Sustainable Development Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”, which took place on 17-18 November 2015 at IFAD Headquarters, in Rome.
IEA June 2015 Newsletter focuses on achievements over the past year, and highlights the five completed CRP evaluations, as well as updates on ongoing evaluations.
Capturing lessons learned across the CRP evaluation is critical to increase learning at the CGIAR system level. After completing five CRP evaluations, IEA is commissioning a study to provide a synthesis of the patterns related to the results of the five evaluations, including on topics such as: program implementation, funding issues, progress towards outputs as well as performance in the areas of gender, partnership, capacity building and quality of science.
IEA has recently completed the evaluations of four CGIAR Research Programs: MAIZE, WHEAT, Policies Institutes and Markets (PIM), and Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS). These, in addition to the earlier completed evaluation of CRP on Forests Trees and Agroforestry (completed in 2014) 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.