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.

Since 2013, AgResults has developed a variety of knowledge products, 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 Baseline Report: Uganda Legume Seed Challenge Project Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator, Uganda Legumes 361 downloads

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Baseline Report AgResults Uganda 2018 08.pdf

Evaluation Baseline Report: Uganda Legume Seed Challenge Project

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

In Learning Library Tagged in Kenya Storage 362 downloads

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

In Learning Library Tagged in Brucellosis (Global) 381 downloads

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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 Kenya Randomized Rural Household Survey Final Report Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Kenya Storage 611 downloads

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AgResults Kenya RRHS Final Report.pdf

Kenya Randomized Rural Household Survey Final Report

This report from January 2018 presents the findings from a Randomized Rural Household Survey (RRHS) conducted in 14 counties of Kenya as part of the AgResults Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project. The RRHS aimed to understand the proportion of smallholder farmers living in those 14 counties where the project worked and to estimate the number of on-farm storage devices purchased by those farmers.

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

In Learning Library Tagged in Vietnam Emissions 350 downloads

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

In Learning Library Tagged in Nigeria Aflasafe 373 downloads

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

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator, Kenya Storage 602 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 Adaptive Design in Zambia: Lessons from the Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Zambia PVA Maize 415 downloads

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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 Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Vietnam Emissions 327 downloads

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

In Learning Library Tagged in Uganda Legumes 345 downloads

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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 A Framework for Evaluating Innovation Challenges Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator 834 downloads

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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 Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator, Uganda Legumes 289 downloads

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Evaluation Design AgResults Uganda 2017 02 07.pdf

Evaluation Design: Uganda Legume Seed Challenge Project

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 Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator, Zambia PVA Maize 295 downloads

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Baseline Report AgResults Zambia 2016 04 04 Redacted.pdf

Evaluation Baseline Report: Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project

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: Brucellosis Vaccine Challenge Project Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Brucellosis (Global), Evaluator 271 downloads

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Evaluation Design AgResults Brucellosis 2016 04.pdf

Evaluation Design: Brucellosis Vaccine Challenge Project

The evaluationdesign for the Brucellosis Vaccine Challenge Project lays out the approach to assessing the project's influence in stimulating the development of an improved Brucella melitensis vaccine. Evaluators used a qualitative assessment and counterfactual disease study to examine technology development and used cost-effectiveness simulations as well.

pdf Evaluation Design: Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator, Zambia PVA Maize 430 downloads

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Evaluation Design AgResults Zambia 2015 07 13 redacted.pdf

Evaluation Design: Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project

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 Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator, Kenya Storage 400 downloads

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Baseline Report AgResults Kenya 2015 04 20.pdf

Evaluation Baseline Report: Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project

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 365 downloads

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Evaluation Design Nigeria Aflasafe 2014 12 30.pdf

Evaluation Design: Nigeria Aflasafe Challenge Project

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 Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator, Kenya Storage 312 downloads

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Evaluation Design AgResults Kenya 2014 06 27.pdf

Evaluation Design: Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project

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.