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Measuring the Impact of Integrated Systems Research

Three-day virtual workshop, 14:00–17:00 CEST

About this event

The workshop discussed methodological developments to improve the measurement of impact in complex, integrated systems research. It took stock of existing and new methodological developments of monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment work, and discussed which are suitable to evaluate and assess complex, integrated systems research.

The event was co-hosted by the CGIAR Research Programs on Water Land and Ecosystems; Forests, Trees and Agroforestry; Policies, Institutions, and Markets; as well as SPIA, the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment of the CGIAR.


  • Holger Meinke, University of Tasmania & ISDC
  • James Reed, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
  • Kathy Baylis, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Brian Belcher, Royal Road University
  • Jeff Sayer, University of British Columbia


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Find workshop resources here:


Why does OneCGIAR need Integrated Systems Research? Holger Meinke, University of Tasmania & ISDC)


Measuring the impact of integrated systems research (Panel Speakers: Vincent Gitz, Natalia Estrada Estrada Carmona, Monica Biradavolu, Karl Hughes)

FTA’s experience in measuring impacts of research on integrated systems (Vincent Gitz, FTA)

Use of Qualitative Approaches for Impact Assessments of Integrated Systems Research: Our Experience (Monica Biradavolu, Qualanalytics, Member - SPIA)

What makes impact research challenging? What have been done so far? Results from CGIAR research (Natalia Estrada Carmona, CIAT)


Some musings on evaluating the impacts of integrated systems research (Karl Hughes, CIFOR-ICRAF)

Reviewing the evidence on implementation and long-term impact of integrated landscape approaches (James Reed, CIFOR)

Challenges and opportunities for using remote sensing data (Kathy Baylis, University of California, Santa Barbara)

Theory-Based Approaches for Assessing the Impact of Integrated Systems Research (Brian Belcher, Royal Roads University)

Trans-disciplinary science to impact tropical forest landscapes (Jeff Sayer, University of British Columbia)