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.


Read the combined ISDC, SPIA and IAES report


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.