This series describes a methodology that seeks to contribute to answering important questions about the CGIAR Research Programs impact pathway by identifying the actors each Research Program is collaborating with. The methodology used a user-friendly, Internet-based survey to collect information about active collaborations between the Research Program researchers and a wide range of partners.

Each series number represent on CGIAR Research Program network. The fist of the series is the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas.

Series on Monitoring Research Networks No. 01

Monitoring the composition and evolution of the research networks of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), by Javier Ekboir, Genowefa Blundo Canto, Cristina Sette


Monitoring the evolution of collaborations: Making research more effective  

Ekboir, J., Canto, G.B. and Sette, C. (2013) Monitoring the composition and evolution of the research networks of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB). ILAC Brief No. 27. Rome, Institutional Learning and Change (ILAC) Initiative



Mayne, J. (2012) Making causal claims. ILAC Brief No. 26. Rome, Institutional Learning and Change (ILAC) Initiative




News from the ILAC Initiative (November 2013)  

From July 2012, the ILAC Initiative has been working in partnership with the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (CRP-RTB).

The pilot project ‘Partnership and knowledge sharing for innovation in roots, tubers and bananas research for development’ is divided into two set of activities:

In preparation for the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) 2012, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and ILAC conducted an inventory of forward thinking activities in agriculture and rural development; maily in three main topics: land use, production and consumption, and farminig patters. 
As part of the inventory, a series of recent forward thinking studies were identified, analyzed and selected to be further developed into four-page briefs.
The briefs were produced during three 'writeshops' conducted in Rome, Bangkok and San Jose. These briefs, in English, Spanish and Portuguese languages can be found at

Interview with Javier Ekboir, ILAC coordinator (in Spanish with subtitles in English)

After a field trip to the Cañete River Basin in Peru, Javier Ekboir talked with us about his impressions about what he saw, the rural dynamics he could perceive and some common aspects he found with other places in the world. Pay attention about his interesting thoughts about how globalization could be an opportunity for some cultures, but also a problem for some populations.

Most changes in the CGIAR have occurred in a decentralized manner and few lessons have been drawn from these various experiences. To change in a more deliberate way, the CGIAR needs to develop the capacity to use adaptive management approaches (i.e., to learn during implementation and adapt the strategies as problems and opportunities emerge). To learn how to develop this capacity, ILAC has teamed up with the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) to try out a structure for decentralized experimentation with centralized learning.

What is BetterEvaluation?
BetterEvaluation is an international collaboration to improve evaluation. BetterEvaluation is designed to support practitioners to share their knowledge and experience to take the field forward and develop fresh, innovative, and novel approaches to evaluation.

At the heart of the project is an interactive web-based platform about evaluation methods and approaches that supports evaluators and evaluation commissioners to choose the most appropriate combinations of evaluation approaches and methods, and to implement these methods well.

The platform can be accessed at

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