Q+A: Former ICAR-NAARM head Dr D. Rama Rao on the QoR4D Frame of Reference workshop

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Dr A. Rama Rao is former head of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)’s National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM), where he served for almost four decades.

On February 27 and 28, 2023, he attended a workshop in Rome, Italy about the CGIAR’s Independent Advisory and Evaluation Service (IAES)’s new set of evaluation guidelines. These build on the CGIAR Independent Science for Development Council (ISDC)’s Quality of Research for Development (QoR4D) Frame of Reference, and provide the framing, criteria, dimensions, and methods for assessing QoR4D – both within CGIAR, and in other like-minded organizations. The hybrid online and in-person event was designed to help practitioners across and beyond the CGIAR system to understand and apply the new guidelines in their own evaluative contexts.

We spoke to Rama Rao to find out more about his experience of the workshop and his aspirations in this arena going forward.

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