The Department for intenational Development (DFID) makes substantial investments in agricultural research, including through a programme named Support to International Agriculture Research Centres (IARCs) that Benefits Poor People’. This programme includes the provision of financial support to 5 IARCs, namely CABI, World Vegetable Center, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and Global Forum on Agriculture Research over 2011–2015 under the Performance Management Funding Mechanism (PMFM)
DFID commissioned an independent evaluation of the Performance Management Funding Mechanism (PMFM), with 2 objectives:
to assess the effectiveness of the PMFM in delivering high quality research, agreed results, and value for money
to make recommendations to DFID’s Research and Evidence Division on performance management funding of research
The evaluation’s main findings were that the PMFM processes that have been established by DFID, such as setting the key deliverables at the outset of the funding, and the annual performance review, provide the International Agriculture Research Centres with a clear focus on the agreed outputs and outcomes. It has also been effective in facilitating the delivery of high quality research, the agreed results, and value for money.
DFID’s Management Response and Recommendations Action Plan for the evaluation have been published.
Landell Mills. Evaluation of DFID’s Performance Management Funding of International Agriculture Research Centres. DFID, London (2016) 173p
Evaluation of DFID’s Performance Management Funding of International Agriculture Research Centres
Response to Evaluation report: Evaluation of DFID’s Performance Management Funding of International Agriculture Research Centres