Programming Research and Innovation for Improved Impact

  • 06th April 2018
  • by secretary

6 April 2018. Rome. The SCAR Strategic Working Groups ARCH, AKIS and Food Systems organised jointly the Workshop: Programming Research and Innovation for Improved Impact 

The workshop consisted of Key Note Speakers showing how to ex ante programme research and innovation for improved impact, at the international, national and regional scales. This was followed by Panel Discussions with experts drawn from the EC, IFAD, FAO, OECD, CREA and open discussions with participants.

The aim of the workshop was to provide, to funders and researchers, concrete recommendations on how to strengthen programming of research and innovation to reach tangible impacts

  • Lessons learned during the workshop will be used as the basis of a Policy Brief with specific recommendations and guidelines on how to better programme research and innovation activities to achieve improved impact. 
  • Participants were funders, policy makers and researchers from international organisations, European Commission Directorate Generals, SCAR Members, National Research and Innovation institutions and sub-national managing authorities.
  • Welcome – by Roberto Henke, Director Policy and Bioeconomy, CREA, Italy
  • Setting the scene – Trends in programming Research and Innovation for Impact – by Ben Davis, FAO
  • What does it take to boost the culture of impact in our research institutions? – by Etienne Hainzelin (Coordinator of the Impress project)
  • Programming Research and Innovation in an Integrated AKIS: The Irish
  • Experience – by Kevin Heanue (Evaluation Officer at Teagasc, IE)
  • representing an AKIS point of view
  • Reviewing S3 in Tuscany: experiences from regional integrated projects – by Emanuele Fabbri (Region Tuscany) & Professor Marco Vieri (Univ. of
  • Florence)
  • The perspective of funders and policy makers
  • The perspective of researchers and research institutes
  • Presentation of main conclusions – by Stefano Bisoffi, Former Technical Director CREA

The ImpresS ex post method: a co construction process with partners
The ImpresS ex post method was developed within a strategic project at CIRAD, called “Innovation-Impact”, which aimed at constructing an impact assessment framework that would be adapted to the partnership modus operandi of CIRAD, and to develop a “culture of impact” in the institution.

This method was built from different sources:

  1. Impact evaluation literature;
  2. Transdisciplinary collaboration with international organizations: notably experts (CGIAR, WUR, FIBL-IMPRESA) with a particular fruitful partnership with Asirpa project Team (INRA-ASIRPA);
  3. CIRAD’s own work carried out since 2011 by impact assessment working groups;
  4. Two methodological workshops organized by CIRAD in October 2014 where CIRAD researchers and their partners from developing countries tested the methodology, and February 2015 when the results were analyzed and discussed, also with partners from other research institutions ;
  5. Lessons learned and feedback from researchers and their partners from the 13 case studies on which the method was applied between 2015 and 2016.

Principles and tools
A five-step method
Case studies