SPIA Community

The Standing Panel on Impact Assessment is an external, impartial panel of upto 6 experts in impact assessment subject matter. Panel members are generally full-time academics who dedicate, on average, about one month per year to SPIA activities. The Panel is supported by a Secretariat and each Center/CRP has an impact assessment focal point (IAFP).


The current members are:

Karen Macours (Paris School of Economics and INRA)


Doug Gollin (Oxford University)


J V Meenakshi (Delhi School of Economics)


Kelsey Jack (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Special initiative leader for call on "Environmental Impacts of Agricultural Intensification" (with colleagues at emLab)


Travis Lybbert (University of California, Davis)

Special initiative leader on workplan objective 3: "Improving and institutionalizing collection of data on diffusion and use of CGIAR innovations in national data systems"



SPIA is supported by a technical secretariat in Rome, Italy, hosted by Bioversity International. Staff in Rome currently comprise Ira Vater. Nancy Johnson is a senior advisor to SPIA, based in the US. Two SPIA researchers are based at CGIAR Centers: James Stevenson (IFPRI) and Frederic Kosmowski (ILRI).


Impact Assessment Focal Points (IAFPs)

SPIA’s primary points of contact with CGIAR centers and CRPs are the Impact Assessment Focal Points (IAFPS). IAFPS, who are appointed by their institutions, maintain the flow of information between SPIA and the research programs, and also form a community of practice around impact assessment issues in CGIAR.