Q+A: John Gargani on evaluation of research and innovation for development

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John Gargani is an independent evaluation expert, and a former President of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). For the past 30 years, he has run the evaluation consultancy Gargani + Company, conducted research on evaluation, and written about evaluation, impact, and scaling.

He’s also a member of the evaluation reference group to CGIAR’s Independent Advisory and Evaluation Service (IAES).

Early this year, IAES released a new set of evaluation guidelines, which 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.

On February 27 and 28 this year, IAES ran a workshop (report) in Rome, Italy about the development and potential application of the guidelines, with a mix of participants within and outside of the CGIAR system. Following the workshop, we spoke to Gargani to hear his take on where CGIAR and IAES should now focus their attention as they seek to level up its evaluation of research and innovation for development.

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