CGIAR receives external, impartial, and expert advice related to strategic planning and positioning, program evaluation, and impact assessment. The independent advisory services comprise the Independent Science for Development Council (ISDC), the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA), and an independent evaluation workstream implemented at the request of CGIAR System Council. CGIAR Advisory Services Shared Secretariat (CAS Secretariat) facilitates and supports these independent advisory services.

See the CGIAR Advisory Services website for further information.

INDEPENDENT SCIENCE FOR DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (ISDC)

The ISDC provides its advice within the broader context of CGIAR’s Strategy and Results Framework (‘SRF’), and successive multi-year CGIAR Business Plans approved by the System Council upon the recommendation of the System Management Board. Guided by terms of reference approved by the System Council, the ISDC has a mandate for:

  • Foresight work to inform CGIAR’s longer term research strategy;
  • Horizon scanning to provide analysis on how emerging trends and developments can be taken into account in CGIAR’s work;
  • Priority setting exercises and analyses integrating both ex-post and ex-ante analyses;
  • Guidance for periodic proposal assessment processes; and
  • Other functions, on the strategic direction of CGIAR and the value of its research agenda.

Members and main affiliations

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Holger Meinke
ISDC Chair
Strategic Research Professor for Global Food Sustainability, University of Tasmania, Australia 20/09/2022
Andrew Ash
ISDC Member
Retired Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO 30/09/2022
Fetien Abera
ISDC Member
Professor, Plant Breeding and Seed, Mekelle University, Ethiopia 30/06/2024
Chris Barrett
ISDC Member
Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, USA 30/09/2022
Magali Garcia
ISDC Member
Professor Emeritus, Universidad Mayor de San Andres, Bolivia 30/06/2024
Nighisty Ghezae
ISDC Member
Director of the International Foundation for Science, Sweden 31/12/2021
Suneetha Kadiyala
ISDC Member
Professor, Global Nutrition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK 30/09/2022
Nompumelelo Obokoh (nee Masubelele)
ISDC Member
Chairperson, Board of the National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa  30/06/2024
Lesley Torrance
ISDC Member
Director of Science at the James Hutton Institute and Professor of Biology at the University of St Andrews, UK 30/09/2022

See the relevant section on the CGIAR Advisory Services website for further information.

STANDING PANEL ON IMPACT ASSESSMENT (SPIA)

SPIA is an external, impartial standing panel of experts in impact assessment subject matters appointed by the System Council and accountable to it. Within the context of the CGIAR System, operating according to multi-year CGIAR Business Plans to increase coherence and alignment in CGIAR’s delivery against it Strategy and Results Framework (‘SRF’), and guided by terms of reference approved by the System Council, SPIA is responsible for providing rigorous, evidence-based and independent strategic advice to the CGIAR System on:

  • Efficient and effective impact assessment methods and practices, including those measuring impacts beyond contribution to science and economic performance; and
  • On innovative ways to improve knowledge and capacity on how research contributes to development outcomes

Members and main affiliations

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Karen Macours
SPIA Chair
Professor at the Paris School of Economics and researcher at the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) 30/09/2023
Kyle Emerick
SPIA Member
Associate Professor in Economics, Tufts University, USA 31/12/2022
Sujata Visaria
SPIA Member
CEO and founder of QualAnalytics 30/06/2024
Monica Biradavolu
SPIA Special Initiative Member
CEO and founder of QualAnalytics 30/06/2024
Kelsey Jack
SPIA Special Initiative Member
Associate Professor of Environmental and Development Economics, University of California Santa Barbara, USA 30/06/2022
Rachid Laajaj
SPIA Special Initiative Member
Associate Professor in Economics, University of Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia 31/12/2022
Travis Lybbert
SPIA Special Initiative Member
Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California Davis, USA 30/06/2022

See the relevant section on the CGIAR Advisory Services website for further information.

CGIAR ADVISORY SERVICES SHARED SECRETARIAT & INDEPENDENT EVALUATION WORKSTREAM

Guided by terms of reference approved by the System Council, the CGIAR Advisory Services Shared Secretariat (CAS Secretariat) provides operational support for ISDC, SPIA and implementation of the CGIAR System’s multi-year evaluation plan.

Staff members

Allison Grove Smith Director
Amy R. Beaudreault ISDC Lead
Ricardo Labarta SPIA Program Leader
Svetlana Negroustoueva Evaluation Function Lead
Pierre Boulanger ISDC Advisor
Mina Karasalo SPIA Officer
Karen Erdoo Jay-Yina Senior Evaluation Officer
Ira Vater Senior Program Officer
Mae Maghirang Administration and Finance Specialist

See the relevant section on the CGIAR Advisory Services website for further information.

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