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Impact assessment of agricultural research - An FAO e-mail conference: from 5 May to 1 June 2014
7 March 2014

FAO is one of nine partners participating in a project on the Impact of Research on EU Agriculture (IMPRESA), funded by the European Union (EU) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). In this recently-launched project, FAO is leading work package 1 (on Concept Development and Learning), which has as one of its main aims the establishment of a common framework to update concepts and methodologies for impact assessment of agricultural research. As part of the work package's activities, we are happy to announce that FAO will host a moderated e-mail conference about impact assessment of agricultural research from 5 May to 1 June 2014.

Evidence suggests that investments in agricultural research play a key role in raising agricultural productivity and enhancing sustainability. In recent years, ever-increasing importance has been given to assessing the impact of agricultural research. This is for reasons of accountability and transparency as well as to ensure that limited financial resources are used in the most effective manner possible. Impact assessment can, in addition, provide empirical evidence of the effectiveness of past investments and thereby ensure the continued support of governments and donors to agricultural research in the future.

This e-mail conference will allow participants from around the world to share and discuss their experiences, lessons learned and perspectives regarding impact assessment of agricultural research (note, the term 'agricultural research' encompasses research in the crop, livestock, forestry, fishery and aquaculture sectors). The kinds of topics to be discussed will include:

  • use of different approaches, models and tools to assess the impacts of agricultural research and
  • best practices for disseminating impact assessment results to policy-makers and other relevant stakeholders.

The e-mail conference will focus on ex post (looking at the impacts after the agricultural research is completed) rather than ex ante impact assessment (predicting the impacts that agricultural research might have in the future). Its provisional title is "Ex post impact assessment of agricultural research: Experiences, lessons learned and perspectives".

The conference is open to everyone, is free and will be moderated. To subscribe to the conference, send an e-mail to with the following one line in the body of the message (leave the subject line blank):

subscribe impact-L firstname lastname

Where firstname and lastname refer to the person's first and last name. For example, if the subscriber's name is John Smith, then the line should be:

subscribe impact-L John Smith

A background document is being prepared and will be sent to subscribers before the conference begins. After the conference, a summary document will be published, providing an easily readable synthesis of the main discussion points and conclusions.

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