Powering Agriculture commissioned the Institute for Defense Analyses’ Science and Technology Policy Institute, an external evaluation team, to conduct a final program-level evaluation that takes stock of the Grand Challenge’s accomplishments, identifies the factors that contributed to its successes and failures, and provides recommendations for subsequent Grand Challenge programs.
The evaluation assesses Powering Agriculture’s performance across the five criteria outlined in the evaluation framework of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability. It distills Powering Agriculture’s strength and weaknesses and provides lessons learned and strategic input that the Founding Partners may use in the design of future programs. Additionally, it analyzes Powering Agriculture’s processes and procedures, including its monitoring and evaluation framework, and suggests potential indicators or other revisions that could better enable future programs to measure the performance and impacts of technology development and commercialization efforts.
The core of this evaluation is an assessment of awards made to innovators based on document reviews, academic and business literature, site visits, and interviews with program stakeholders and the innovators themselves. Quantitative estimates of current and potential innovator project impacts on agricultural outputs or incomes and greenhouse gas emissions, and qualitative estimates of their impacts on reducing poverty and improving gender equity resulting from the evaluation are also provided.