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Multiple outcomes of building an information system to manage reflexive impact evaluations for agricultural research

Blundo Canto G., Devaux-Spatarakis A., Martin P., De Romemont A., D'Agostino B., Mouret N.. 2018. Thessaloniki : s.n., 1 p.. European Evaluation Society Biennal Conference: Evaluation for more resilient societies. 13, 2018-05-01/2018-05-05, Thessaloniki (Grèce).

The cross-case analysis of impact evaluations of research actions is a key to improve organizational evidence-based learning from both quantitative and qualitative data. Researchers at Cirad, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, have developed a systemic ex post evaluation method, called ImpresS, to evaluate the impacts of the research in the south. The method relies on four tools to describe an innovation process: 1) innovation story, 2) stakeholder map, 3) impact pathway, and 4) capacity strengthening. ImpresS was tested on 13 case studies, representing a diversity of innovation processes in which Cirad research was involved over the long term. The systematization of data from the evaluation reports provided a wealth of information that was translated into an information system. This translation enabled different outcomes. First, cross-case analysis allowed the institution to better understand the nature and modalities through which its research activities lead to developmental impacts. Secondly, it supported the systematization of institutional memory and provided the basis for a formalized web-based interface that allows management, storage and export of ex post evaluations' data. As a further outcome, the information system was upgraded to provide a graphic tool for ex ante scenario development. These outcomes of translating evaluation reports into an information system provide key insights into the value of knowledge management for institutional learning and support of research activities.

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