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Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area – DAPA
Impact & Strategic Studies

Impact & Strategic Studies

Key Objective:

To maximize the impact and returns on investment of agricultural research and development by generating appropriate data sets and analyses for improved informing and decision making, both internally and externally.

In order to maximize the impact and returns on investments made in DAPA’s agricultural research and development activities, all phases of a project must be carefully analyzed and assessed. We do this through ex-ante (before) and ex-post (after) methodologies. External socio-economic environments need to be understood for better targeting of future research, which eventually leads to improved information for internal and external (partners, donors, clients, etc.) actors. Internally, resources will therefore be used more efficiently and methodologies will continue to be improved and developed. Most significantly, the interests of the poor will be increasingly incorporated into the design and implementation of research and development projects.

Three major impact entry points:

Principal activities:

  1. Monitoring of CIAT programs (technology) outcomes – following in a quantitative manner where, by whom and how much, CIAT (and partners)’s technologies are being adopted in mandate regions.
  2. Ex-post Impact assessment studies – analyzing the specific effects from the diffusion and subsequent adoption of  CIAT & partners’ technologies’ outcomes, especially on the larger development goals (poverty reduction, food safety, environmental degradation, …).
  3. Ex-ante Impact, Priority setting and Foresight studies are the kind of important scientific exercises that generate inputs for forward looking and strategic research planning and the (re)allocation of (CIAT) resources – where best to invest and how much?
  4. Support to monitoring and evaluation capacity development: Create awareness in outcome and impact assessment and in performance management, foresight and priority setting across CIAT. In addition, it includes activities to strengthen in-house scientific capacity.
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