Independent Evaluation Arrangement (IEA)

HeadRachel Sauvinet-Bedouin
Hosted atFood and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Rome, Italy

Established in 2012, the mission of the Independent Evaluation Arrangement (IEA) is to manage and support external evaluations of the CGIAR (research programs, entities, policies, and of the System as a whole) to ensure accountability, promote learning and knowledge sharing and build a culture of evaluation across CGIAR.  

IEA commissions and manages evaluations of CGIAR system’s CRPs and institutions which are conducted by independent teams.  Independence is a prerequisite for the IEA to be able to commission and deliver external evaluations that are credible for learning and accountability and therefore serving all the stakeholders of the CGIAR.

The role of IEA is two-fold:

Commission and manage evaluations: IEA’s main role is in planning, designing and managing evaluations which cover all parts of the reformed CGIAR system, including CRPs and other institutions such as the System Management Office and ISPC, as well as a ‘system-wide evaluation’ to be commissioned every eight to ten years.

Support and provide leadership for an enhanced evaluation culture across CGIAR:  IEA also works to enhance and strengthen the culture and capacity of evaluations and evaluators in the CGIAR.  Areas of activities include organizing technical workshops and events, developing evaluation standards and guidelines for CGIAR evaluations, and sharing information and knowledge with community of evaluators and CGIAR stakeholders.

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Rachel Bedouin , Head IEA
Jenin Assaf: Communications and Evaluation Officer