25/01/2017 - Article
How does the research done by CIRAD contribute to sustainable development in southern countries? Details of the ImpresS method and a list of the research operations subjected to an impact analysis can now be found on line.
In launching an analysis of the impact of its activities, once projects are completed, CIRAD has adopted a research approach. With the ImpresS method, it has joined other organizations who have taken the same path, such as the CGIAR member centres, INRA (ASIRPA) and the European Impresa project, by adopting shared concepts and tools and adapting them to its specific mandate: research in partnership.
Details of this innovative research approach are now available on the CIRAD website, in the Our research section. The report, which is a guide to the method, explains its originality, in that it is doubly participatory. It also sets out the concepts and terminology used.
Thirteen case studies served to develop the ImpresS method. They were chosen from a broad palette of innovations to which CIRAD contributed. They concern long-term projects, with multiple players, and far-reaching consequences for all the beneficiaries. The projects lasted between 15 and 30 years.
Five case studies are currently available on line:
More than 100 impacts, primarily positive, were characterized and measured in the thirteen case studies: they were classed in eleven impact areas relating to the five sustainable development goals to which CIRAD's mandate is relevant (SDGs 1, 2, 12, 15 and 17).
The ImpresS method serves to understand the mechanisms and causal factors involved in the generation of impacts over long periods. It should ensure better programming of research projects and improved practices for greater impact on beneficiaries.
To find out more, see the ImpresS method website :