INNOVATION PLATFORMS:Evaluating functioning, outcomes and contributions to agriculture development in the Lake Kivu Region Pamela Pali J. Njuki, R. Buruchara, W. Chiuri, J. Mugabe, M.M. Tenywa, J. Tukahirwa, I. Kasheija, C. Ngaboyisonga, S. Mapatano
OVERVIEW • Background: • The context: SSA-CP • Methods & Tools • Results • Conclusions
BACKGROUND • Research oriented evaluation – Policy • Empowerment evaluation • Evaluation concepts, techniques and findings are institutionalized by program stakeholders through iterations of action, reflection and learning cycle. • Characteristics: • Participative, collaborative, democratic and accommodative to program shifts.
The Context of EE • sub Saharan Africa Challenge program (SSA-CP) • Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) • Innovation Platforms (IP’s) • Why? • Is IAR4D feasible; cost effective in comparison with other approaches, and consequently, it can be scaled out. • SSA-CP is using IP’s as implementation models - to prove whether IAR4D concept is superior in comparison with conventional approaches.
Innovation Platforms (IP’s) • IP’s bring together a range of stakeholders, technologies and co-ordination procedures to generate innovative solutions to challenges. • Outcomes = f (establishment, functioning, technology use, mkt access) • M&E of IP’s are a critical component to assessing the IP establishment, functioning, outcomes and extent to which IP’s are practicing IAR4D, farmer field processes, and replicability
Establishment of functional IP’s 7 IPs Established Average 4 meetings IP’s meet monthly IP Committees manage IP meetings 100 USD given to IP’s as operational funds Discussions: Rules of engagement, workplans
Functional IP’s • Process of establishment captured by the activity report • Activity report resulted in the use of improved methods in Rwanda and DRC • IP scoping • prioritization of results of SA methods – Voting by show of hands in Uganda was improved to pair wise ranking Rwanda and DRC • logistical arrangements for meetings – Rwanda/ Uganda • Simple and versatile – used by all stakeholders at different levels
Challenge & Opportunities of EE tools • OPPORTUNITIES • Facilitate shared vertical and horizontal learning • Cut across geographical, language, boundaries • Simple and versatile • CHALLENGES • Farmers may become data collectors • Distortion of meaning due to various languages used
Conclusion • The use of empowerment evaluation tools in M&E, contribute to a richer, more refined impact evaluation in the proof of concept of IAR4D
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