Learning from AgResults

AgResults learning takes two forms:

  1. Learning generated from the experience of AgResults stakeholders in designing and implementing projects;
  2. Learning generated from the External Evaluator in its independent ongoing review of AgResults projects.

AgResults has generated a wealth of learning, results of which can be found in the Learning Library.

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pdf Uganda Evaluation Design Report

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AgResults_Uganda_Evaluation_Design_Report.pdf

Uganda Evaluation Design Report

This report presents Abt’s evaluation design for the Uganda pilot. Abt’s team for the AgResults Uganda evaluation is headed by Betsy Ness-Edelstein, who has worked closely with Dr Tulika Narayan on overall research direction and adherence to the theoretical framework for the evaluation. Dr Denise Mainville is the qualitative lead. Miriam Kotalimye serves as our Uganda-based agricultural economist. Dr Abigail Conrad provided inputs for the evaluation approach. Dr Judy Geyer is the quantitative lead. Dr Stephen Bell provides quality assurance on quantitative aspects of the evaluation.

pdf USAID BFS Evaluating Pull Mechanisms, Initial Lessons

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USAID_BFS_Evaluating_Pull_Mechanisms_Initial_Lessons.pdf

USAID BFS Evaluating Pull Mechanisms, Initial Lessons

This presentation includes an overview of AgResults pull mechanisms, the evaluation framework for the external evaluation and initial lessons learned. The authors are Tulika Narayan and Denise Mainville of Abt Associates and Denise Mainville Consulting.

pdf Framework for Evaluating Innovation Challenges

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Framework_for_Evaluating_Innovation_Challenges_March_2017.pdf

Framework for Evaluating Innovation Challenges

This brief proposes an approach to learning from innovation challenges run by the government, public sector, and non-profit institutions. We present an evaluation framework for sponsors and managers to use to improve the design and implementation of future innovation challenges, by learning from existing challenges what works and what does not work.

Authors: Abigail Conrad, Tulika Narayan, Judy Geyer, and Stephen Bell - Abt Associates

Luciano Kay - University of California Santa Barbara

pdf Adaptive Design in Zambia: Lessons from the Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project

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AgResults LL1_Zambia Redesign_Sept2017.pdf

Adaptive Design in Zambia: Lessons from the Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project

This Lessons Learned article analyzes initial project design decisions and the adaptation that followed as part of the AgResults Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project. As challenges emerged - including a disconnect between supply and demand, variations in government policy, and an unrealistic incentive structure - the project had to adjust to get into a better position to achieve its objectives and sales goals.

pdf Learning Brief #1: The GHG Emissions Reduction Project in Vietnam: Challenges in Defining a Verification Baseline

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AgResults LLBrief1_Vietnam Baseline_Sept2017.pdf

Learning Brief #1: The GHG Emissions Reduction Project in Vietnam: Challenges in Defining a Verification Baseline

This Learning Brief discusses the challenges in creating a verification baseline for the Vietnam Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Challenge Project, which aims to develop, test, and scale up innovations to reduce GHG emissions while increase rice yields in the Red River Delta. The brief reviews the approach to set this baseline, involving household surveys, analysis, and stakeholder buy-in.

pdf Addressing Neglected Animal Diseases through Pay-for-Results Incentives: Lessons from Marketing a Global Brucellosis Vaccine Competition

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AgResults LL4_Brucellosis Phase 1_Feb2018.pdf

Addressing Neglected Animal Diseases through Pay-for-Results Incentives: Lessons from Marketing a Global Brucellosis Vaccine Competition

This Lessons Learned article explores the experience of AgResults during the Brucellosis Challenge design, launch, and Year 1 implementation phases.

pdf The Case for Iterative Design: Lessons from the Uganda Improved Legume Seed Challenge Project

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AgResults LL2_Uganda Redesign_Sept2017.pdf

The Case for Iterative Design: Lessons from the Uganda Improved Legume Seed Challenge Project

Shifting policies and political objectives prompted AgResults to adjust the original design of the Uganda Improved Legume Seed Challenge Project. This Lessons Learned article explores the reasoning behind these design changes and the insights that emerged.

pdf The Pay-for-Results Challenge in Nigeria: Incentivizing New Technology Use for Sustainable Markets and Development Impact

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AgResults LL3_Nigeria PfR Challenge_Jan2018.pdf

The Pay-for-Results Challenge in Nigeria: Incentivizing New Technology Use for Sustainable Markets and Development Impact

The Nigeria Aflasafe Challenge Project was the first AgResults Pay-for-Results prize contest. This Lessons Learned article outlines the project's development objectives and reflects on the role and value of the PfR structure.

pdf Results and Observations from the Vietnam Challenge Project's First Cropping Season

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AgResults LLBrief2_Vietnam Crop1_Jan2018.pdf

Results and Observations from the Vietnam Challenge Project's First Cropping Season

This Lessons Learned Brief provides an overview of the verification process followed to gauge rice crop growth and GHG emission data among farms participating in the Vietnam Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Challenge Project.

pdf Cost versus Complexity in Pay-for-Results Prize Verification: Lessons from the Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project

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AgResults LL5_Kenya Verification_Mar2018.pdf

Cost versus Complexity in Pay-for-Results Prize Verification: Lessons from the Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project

How do you design an effective approach to project verification in a Pay-for-Results project? This Lessons Learned article explains how the Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project ran into challenges with its original verification structure and course-corrected using survey data.

pdf Incentivizing Affordable On Farm Storage for Smallholder Farmers in Kenya

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Incentivizing Affordable On-Farm Storage for Smallholder Farmers in Kenya.pdf

Incentivizing Affordable On Farm Storage for Smallholder Farmers in Kenya

This presentation from the Scaling Up Conference at Purdue University in September 2018 explores how private sector companies participating in the Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project employed different tactics to increase smallholder farmers' access to and use of on-farm storage devices.

pdf Remote Sensing and Modeling to Verify Improved Rice Farming to Scale in Vietnam

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Remote Sensing and Modeling to Verify Improved Rice Farming to Scale in Vietnam.pdf

Remote Sensing and Modeling to Verify Improved Rice Farming to Scale in Vietnam

In this presentation for the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Congress 2018, Dr. William Salas explores the role that remote sensing and modeling technologies have played to gather critical data on the efficacy of different rice growing practices.

pdf Vietnam GHG Emissions Reduction Challenge Project: IRRI Congress 2018

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International Rice Research Institute Presentation - AgResults Vietnam GHG Emissions Reduction.pdf

Vietnam GHG Emissions Reduction Challenge Project: IRRI Congress 2018

In this presentation for the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Congress 2018, Dr. Tran Thu Ha illustrates key features of the most effective technology packages developed by competitors in the Vietnam Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Challenge Project.

pdf The Nigeria Aflasafe Maize Challenge: Competitor Perspectives New

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The Nigeria Aflasafe Challenge Project - Competitor Perspectives.pdf

The Nigeria Aflasafe Maize Challenge: Competitor Perspectives

What were some of the challenges and opportunities that arose among the private sector companies that participated in the Nigeria Aflasafe Challenge Project? This Lessons Learned article shares insights that emerged from discussing competitors' experiences and perspectives.

pdf Helping Vietnam Meet Its NDCs through an Agricultural Competition New

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Helping Vietnam Meet its NDCs through an Agricultural Prize Competition.pdf

Helping Vietnam Meet Its NDCs through an Agricultural Competition

This presentation for COP24 highlights the AgResults Vietnam Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Challenge Project, specifically efforts of private sector participants to scale up improved technologies to help farmers increase rice yields while decreasing GHG emissions. The project aims to reach 20,000 smallholder farmer households across the Thai Binh province in the Red River Delta.