Assuring Together: Lessons Learned from the Joint Study On CGIAR’s Performance and Results Management System (PRMS)

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In 2020, CGIAR embarked on an ambitious reformulation of its partnerships, knowledge, assets, and global presence to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This institutional convergence, embraced by all CGIAR Centers under the umbrella of One CGIAR, involves the harmonization of ‘CGIAR’s policies and internal business services across various domains, including Human Resources, Information Technology, Finance, Procurement, Communications, Resource Mobilization, and Research Performance and Results Management. Achieving this goal requires implementing integrated business applications with standardized and consistent data models/definitions to improve interoperability.

The CGIAR System Council approved the Performance Results & Monitoring Framework 2022-2030 (PRMF) and operationalized by adopting the CGIAR Integration Framework Agreement (IFA) in December 2022. The revised Performance and Results Management System (PRMS), designed for reporting against the PRMF, aims to integrate management information from diverse systems into a single, streamlined annual report. With support from Digital Services, the ‘CGIAR’s Portfolio Performance Unit (PPU) and the Program Coordination Unit (PCU) were tasked with delivering reporting arrangements through PRMS by 2022.

As a backdrop to this reform, in 2019, the Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN) assessed CGIAR’s performance, emphasizing organizational effectiveness and result achievement. MOPAN rated CGIAR’s Performance Management as unsatisfactory in terms of strong and transparent results function and highly inadequate in evidence-based planning and programming. The system-wide implementation of CGIAR’s multi-year evaluation plan, as approved by the CGIAR System Council following the IAES Terms of Reference, relies on the alignment of quality assurance in project management, performance monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) across CGIAR.

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