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Impact-evaluation guidelines: Designing impact evaluations for agricultural projects

Authors: Winters, P., Salazar, L. & Maffioli, A. (for IDB)
Publication date: 2010

The purpose of this guideline is to provide suggestions on designing impact evaluations for agricultural projects, particularly projects that directly target farmers, and seek to improve agricultural production, productivity and profitability. Specific issues in evaluating agricultural projects are addressed, including the need to use production-based indicators and to carefully consider indirect or spillover effects that are common in agricultural projects.

Filling the learning gap in program implementation using participatory monitoring and evaluation. Lessons from farmer field schools in Zanzibar

Author(s): Elias Zerfu & Sindu W. Kebede
Publication date: 2013

This study is motivated by the idea that even though participatory monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) is widely accepted as a tool to manage development programs to be effective, its application is widely constrained by its high start-up resource requirements in terms of both finance and time. However, this paper argues that after the initial investment is made, the payback from using PM&E is much higher both in terms of grassroots-level learning, empowerment, and capacity building and in terms of higher-level strategic decision making which enhances impact.

Why has impact assessment research not made more of a difference?

Author: Watson, David J. (ed.)
Publication Date:  2002 

Proceedings of an international conference on impact of agricultural research and development, Costa Rica, 2002.

Improving Impacts of Research Partnerships

Authors: Daniel Maselli, Jon Andri Lys and Jacqueline Schmid
Publication Date: 2004