Learning from AgResults

AgResults learning takes two forms:

  1. Learning generated from the experience of AgResults 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 below. The library is searchable by keyword and by a specific AgResults project, using the "All Tags" drop-down box.

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pdf Evaluation Final Report: Nigeria Aflasafe Challenge Project Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator, Nigeria Aflasafe 659 downloads

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Final Evaluation Report_Nigeria_2019_updated.pdf

This evaluation for the Nigeria Aflasafe Challenge Project, conducted after Year 3, found that the project succeeded in creating a niche market for Aflasafe-treated maize. Aflasafe adoption increased by 56 percentage points, and average net income from maize increased by 16 percent. The evaluation found that it cost the project $43-85 to increase farmer income by $100 annually.

pdf USAID BFS Evaluating Pull Mechanisms, Initial Lessons Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator 164 downloads

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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 Evaluator Lessons Learned #3: Nigeria Aflasafe Project Evaluation Findings Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator, Nigeria Aflasafe 264 downloads

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Evaluator Lessons Learned 3_Nigeria Aflasafe Project Evaluation Findings_updated.pdf

Evaluator Lessons Learned #3: Nigeria Aflasafe Project Evaluation Findings

This October 2018 brief summarizes evaluation findings of the AgResults Nigeria Aflasafe Challenge Project. AgResults’ external evaluators found that the competition led to the creation of a niche market for Aflasafe-treated maize and an increase in net income from maize among the smallholder farmers reached by the project.

pdf Evaluation Baseline Report: Uganda Legume Seed Challenge Project

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Baseline Report AgResults Uganda 2018 08.pdf

This report presents baseline evaluation results for the Uganda Legume Seed Challenge Project, which was terminated early. It includes findings from a survey of 1,800 smallholders, in-depth interviews with a subset of farmers, and seed quality assessment results using seed from 300 farmers who reported using quality seed.

pdf Evaluator Lessons Learned #2: Pull Mechanisms for Overcoming Market Failures in the Agriculture Sector Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator, Kenya Storage 182 downloads

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Evaluator Lessons Learned 2_Pull Mechanisms for Overcoming Market Failures in the Agriculture Sector.pdf

Evaluator Lessons Learned #2: Pull Mechanisms for Overcoming Market Failures in the Agriculture Sector

Pull mechanisms require a solid understanding of the market and the motivations of the private sector. This November 2017 brief, with examples from AgResults’ work in Kenya, provides guidance for development practitioners interested in incorporating pull mechanisms in their own work.

pdf A Framework for Evaluating Innovation Challenges Popular

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A Framework for Evaluating Innovation Challenges.pdf

A Framework for Evaluating Innovation Challenges

Governments and philanthropists are increasingly considering prize contests to spark creative solutions to thorny social problems. But only a few contests have been systematically evaluated. This March 2017 evaluation framework — based on AgResults’ work to evaluate Brucellosis vaccine development — can be applied to any innovation challenge.

pdf Evaluation Design: Uganda Legume Seed Challenge Project

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Evaluation Design AgResults Uganda 2017 02 07.pdf

The Uganda Legume Seed Challenge Project’s evaluation design envisions a performance evaluation using a pre-post design to assess project success in creating a smallholder-inclusive market for quality legume seed. It uses a structure-conduct-performance framework to assess market impact and a baseline-endline comparison of smallholder farmer survey data to understand smallholder benefits.

pdf Evaluation Baseline Report: Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator, Zambia PVA Maize 66 downloads

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Baseline Report AgResults Zambia 2016 04 04 Redacted.pdf

The baseline report for the Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project evaluation uses data from 212 interviews of maize market actors (including smallholders, rural non-farming residents, retailers, and millers), as well as 1,013 interviews with urban shoppers. It presents findings about market actors’ and consumers’ awareness, production, purchase, and consumption of pro-Vitamin A maize.

pdf Evaluation Design: Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project Popular

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Evaluation Design AgResults Zambia 2015 07 13 redacted.pdf

The evaluation design for the Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project presents how evaluators will assess whether the project motivates industrial maize millers to invest in and drive expansion of the pro-Vitamin A maize market. The report presents the structure-conduct-performance framework, pre-post comparison design, and data collection methods (qualitative interviews; quantitative survey of low-income urban consumers).

pdf Evaluation Baseline Report: Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project

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Baseline Report AgResults Kenya 2015 04 20.pdf

This report presents baseline findings for the Kenya On Farm Storage Challenge Project based on survey data from 4,765 farming households and extensive qualitative data. It describes low uptake of improved on-farm storage at baseline but identifies latent demand in the market. The report also describes farmers’ maize revenue and food security.

pdf Evaluation Design: Nigeria Aflasafe Challenge Project Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator, Nigeria Aflasafe 126 downloads

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Evaluation Design Nigeria Aflasafe 2014 12 30.pdf

The evaluation design for the Nigeria Aflasafe Challenge Project lays out the approach to assess the project’s influence in stimulating a smallholder-inclusive market for Aflasafe-treated maize. Evaluators assess market impact using a structure-conduct-performance framework. To evaluate smallholder benefits, the design proposes a randomized control trial (later adapted to a quasi-experimental design).

pdf Evaluation Design: Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project

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Evaluation Design AgResults Kenya 2014 06 27.pdf

The Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project’s evaluation design report lays out the approach to assess whether the project stimulates a smallholder-inclusive market for improved on-farm storage devices. Evaluators assess impact on the market using a structure-conduct-performance framework. To evaluate resulting smallholder benefits, the report describes a short interrupted time series design.