Meeting of the CGIAR Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA)

  • DATE / TIME:
    South Africa

    Organiser: CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC)


    Dr Mathew Kurian, Head of Capacity Development and Governance Unit, UNU-FLORES

    The CGIAR Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) will meet to discuss methods for assessing the impact of CGIAR research on management of natural resources at the landscape scale.

    Dr Kurian has been invited to share UNU-FLORES’s experiences from the Nexus Observatory project. His insights will contribute to discussions on how global public goods research can bridge gaps between science and policy.


    Demonstrating the impact of CGIAR investments in sustainable management of natural resources on and off-farm has been challenging. A growing number of studies document the influence of research on NRM-related policies and programs, but there lacks evidence of change on the ground regarding improvements in social and environmental outcomes that can be plausibly linked to CGIAR research. The objective of the workshop in Stellenbosch is to take a fresh look at the “landscape” research agenda in CGIAR and what it means for impact assessment approaches and methods. We are expecting about 20 participants from inside and outside the CGIAR. After a few short, scene-setting presentations, participants will brainstorm on ways forward and begin to outline a multi-year agenda for SPIA, CGIAR, and partners in this area.

    The Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) is a sub-group of the CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council.


    South Africa