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Measuring and Improving Effectiveness

This theme integrates the issues of reliance on donor funding, organizational change in the NARS, and the push within CAADP for performance measures and addresses performance evaluation of research systems. The session focuses on developing objective standard criteria for tracking incremental improvements in performance of NARS as a result of ongoing reforms and evaluates the potential of implementing such approaches with the CAADP process. As many donors move toward a results based performance framework for evaluating agricultural R&D, the Paper reviews the application of ex-ante and ex-post impact assessment, the more recent focus on randomized control trials, and M&E as a learning vehicle within research management.

Working papers

  • Arega Alene, Yigezu Yigezu, Jupiter Ndjeunga, Ricardo Labarta, Robert Andrade, Aliou Diagne, Rachel Muthoni, Franklin Simtowe, and Tom Walker. Measuring the Effectiveness of Agricultural R&D in Sub-Saharan Africa from the Perspectives of Varietal Output and Adoption: Initial Results from the Diffusion of Improved Varieties in Africa Project Paper Presentation
  • Ackello-Ogutu and John Mburu. Cost-Benefit Analysis of Implementing a Centralized National Agricultural Research System Policy in Kenya Presentation
  • Leonard Oruko and Howard Elliott. The Role of Evaluation in Strengthening Agricultural R&D in Sub-Saharan Africa: Information, Instruments and Actors Paper Presentation
  • Catherine R. Ragasa, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, and George Owusu Essegbey. Measuring R&D Performance within an Innovation System Perspective: An Illustration from the Nigeria and Ghana Agricultural Research Systems Paper Presentation

Other materials

  • Samuel Benin. Discussant report Report

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