Mechanisms to assess, prioritize, monitor and evaluate agricultural innovation investments

Agricultural Innovation System (AIS) investments must be specific to the context and respond to the stage of development in a particular country and agricultural sector. Given that optimal human capital and financial resources are rarely available, an incremental approach is advisable. The scale of operations is also likely to vary from local to sub-sectoral or national. This variation requires investments to be assessed, prioritized, sequenced, and tailored to the needs, challenges, and resources that are present. Knowledge-based decisions to support technical and institutional innovation require adequate information, assessment tools and methods. Analytical capacity is required to assess performance and identify future needs. In innovation systems, tasks such as policy assessment, monitoring, and evaluation are vital to maintaining learning, performance, and accountability.
This section examines (1) why an AIS requires a specific approach to policy making and management; (2) how past planning and priority setting in agricultural R&D differ from the assessment of innovation priorities and performance within a multi-actor AIS framework; and (3) how an AIS approach relies on information-intensive methods for setting priorities and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) within innovation systems. The module features different tools and methods such as assessments methods for AIS and organizations, NetMap tool, foresighting methods, and a diverse set of methods for M&E.

For further information on mechanisms to assess, prioritize, monitor and evaluate AIS investments, please see the following links to excerpts of the Agricultural Innovation Systems Sourcebook:
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