Towards unified accountability and joint learning: A new Evaluation Framework and Policy for One CGIAR
With an estimated annual research portfolio of more than USD 900 million, CGIAR aims to reduce rural poverty, improve food security, human health and nutrition, and improve the sustainable management of natural resources. Undergoing an ambitious structural reform, a reformulated One CGIAR will address new challenges in international agricultural research while keeping up with emerging crises. Under this ambit, monitoring, evaluation and learning aim to facilitate accountability that will lead to evidence-based decision-making and actionable insights from program implementation.
Evaluation plays a key role in generating evidence about what does and does not work in different contexts, identifying lessons learned for CGIAR stakeholders. In February 2022, the CGIAR System Board (23rd Session) and System Council (15th Meeting) approved the new CGIAR Evaluation Framework and revised Evaluation Policy. The new fit-for-purpose Framework and Policy respond to the growing pace of change to support the evolving needs and demands of CGIAR. Their revision process has already enabled repositioning evaluation functions on certain lines of action that align to internal and external drivers, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.