Advisory Services

In 2022, the efforts of CGIAR’s Independent Science for Development Council (ISDC), the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA), and the Independent Advisory & Evaluation Service (IAES) contributed to the System’s effectiveness, its culture of continual learning, and its transition to One CGIAR.



Highlights of ISDC in 2022 included:

Highlights of SPIA in 2022 included:

  • Two matchmaking events on CGIAR campuses that brought together CGIAR and academic researchers to jointly develop impact assessment studies focused on testing key assumptions of the Theory-of-Change of CGIAR’s new Research Initiatives.
  • Technical guidance and close monitoring provided by SPIA for the 19 impact assessment studies in the portfolio that are on track to deliver results by 2024 despite COVID-19 delays, with results being shared on an ongoing basis through SPIA webinars.
  • Data collection and analysis ongoing at a national scale in four CGIAR priority countries (Ethiopia, Uganda, Vietnam, and Bangladesh) to document the reach of CGIAR-related innovations. Results of work-in-progress were shared and discussed with System Council, CGIAR leadership and researchers, including through in-person presentations at ILRI, IRRI, WorldFish and the Alliance of Bioversity International & CIAT.

Highlights of the IAES/Evaluation function in 2022 included:

During the year, IAES maintained its strong focus on supporting the three mandate areas and the communication of relevant, accessible, and timely independent advisory and evaluation products to stakeholder groups.