International workshop on better monitoring of investments in agricultural research in Europe, 16 April 2015
On 16 April 2015, the international workshop on “Towards Better Monitoring of Investments in Agricultural Research in Europe” takes place in Rome, Italy. The workshop is organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and takes place as part of the EU-funded project on the Impact of Research on EU Agriculture financed by DG Research and Innovation (IMPRESA, http://www.impresa-project.eu/).
IMPRESA is a FP7 research project assessing the economic, environmental and social impacts of research on European agricultural and food systems. Its second work package, led by Euroquality, aims to provide an accurate and comprehensive perspective of the level and scope of expenditures on agricultural research in Europe, compatible with IFPRI’s Agricultural Science and Technology Indicator (ASTI) studies. This workshop is the final activity of the work package.
The main aims of the workshop are to
- Present the key findings from IMPRESA regarding the current status and trends in investments in agricultural research in Europe (based on surveys in 20 countries)
- Discuss the rationale for monitoring expenditures on agricultural research
- Discuss and formulate recommendations for better monitoring of investments in agricultural research in Europe
As places are limited, attendance at the workshop is by invitation only. It takes place from 9.00 to 17.00 at FAO Headquarters, Rome. For more information, please contact Karin Nichterlein.
Pre-register here for this event
Update: conference documentation is available
All messages from the FAO e-mail conference on "Approaches and methodologies in ex post impact assessment of agricultural research: Experiences, lessons learned and perspectives" have been put into a single PDF and made it available on the web.
The file contains in chronological order:
- the Welcome message
- the 109 messages from participants posted during the 4-week conference
- the final message I posted on 2 June closing the conference, providing also a brief summary about participation.
All of the messages posted during the conference are also available at the searchable archives.
FAO will host a moderated e-mail conference about impact assessment of agricultural research from 5 May to 1 June 2014; as part of work package 1 activities (on Concept Development and Learning).
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 listserv@ with the following one line in the body of the message (leave the subject line blank): listserv.fao.org
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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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For more information, please contact AIS@fao.org