Evaluation Stages

Evaluation Stages

Each of the pilot evaluations goes through four to five stages, as detailed below:

To inform the pilot-specific evaluation design, we conduct an Initial Qualitative Assessment (IQA) to assess the pilot context, form an initial hypothesis of expected impact, examine the expected heterogeneity of impacts, identify factors that might inhibit or aid the pilot’s impact, and meet with stakeholders to as we develop the evaluation design and secure their cooperation and buy-in.


During the baseline stage, we gather information on market for the technology, its adoption, availability of potential solvers, and smallholder practices and well-being.
During the endline stage, we gather information on solver activities, development of the technology market, and smallholder adoption and income gains.
  At the end of AgResults, we synthesize the findings across the pilots to draw lessons on the design and implementation of pull mechanisms. We assess the cost effectiveness of the pull mechanisms in achieving key outcomes across the pilots and also as compared to other, traditional approaches.
  For key pilots, we evaluate the sustainability of the pilots by assessing private sector engagement in technology provision and the continuation of favorable smallholder outcomes two years after the pilot ends.
The AgResults initiative is a partnership between: