Science Talk: Science Groups’ Evaluations, Learnings for the CGIAR’s 2030 Research Portfolio

  • Date
  • Time
    06:30 pm > 08:00 pm UTC+03:00
  • Location
    United Nations, Conference Room 10, Nairobi, Kenya

Thematic Areas: Climate Action, Resilient Landscape, Institutional Innovations, Healthy Diets, Better Crops, Agronomy Gains, Sustainable Animal Foods, Future Frontiers, Scaling Innovations, Capacity Sharing, Gender & Inclusion, Digital & Data

In this session, the Evaluation Function of IAES will focus on the real-time learning approach to the evaluation of the three CGIAR Science Groups (SGs) (ToRs). Outcomes from evaluating Systems Transformation (ST), Resilient Agrifood Systems (RAFS), and Genetic Innovation (GI) science groups will be featured. 

Speakers will share operational and thematic insights on the collaborative and participatory SG evaluation process, and showcase key methodologies employed: the value of 10 thematic case studies by subject-matter experts; the online survey of internal and external CGIAR partners; and a Kenya country brief.

The session will also demonstrate how forward-looking and how real-time insights from the three evaluations have been informing the design of the 2025-20230 research portfolio real-time. Notably, we’ll discuss the engagement with ISDC and MEL colleagues from the Science Groups’ management teams.

Last but not the least, towards evaluating Sustainable Development Goals the overall framing of evaluating science portfolio in CGIAR, and in like-minded organizations will be featured: EVALSDGs Insight #18: Evaluating Quality of Science towards achievement of the SDG.


  • Ibtissem Jouini, Senior Evaluation Manager, IAES’s Evaluation Function
  • Enrico Bonaiuti, Research Team Leader: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, CIP-ICARDA
  • Amy R. Beaudreault, ISDC Secretariat Lead