Impact assessment of agricultural research - An FAO e-mail conference
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (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. 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, FAO will host a moderated e-mail conference about impact assessment of agricultural research from 5 May to 1 June 2014.
 
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 focuses on ex post impact assessment (looking at the impacts after the intervention, derived from agricultural research, is completed) and is entitled “Approaches and methodologies in 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 listserv[at]listserv.fao[dot]org 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
 
The background document to the conference was published on 30 April and can be downloaded HERE.
All messages posted during the conference can be read HERE.
 
After the conference, a summary document will be published, providing an easily readable synthesis of the main discussion points and conclusions. 
For more information, please contact AIS[at]fao[dot]org