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A Framework for Enhancing and Guarding the Relevance and Quality of Science: The Case of the CGIAR

Kassam, Amir, Hans Gregersen, Elias Fereres, Emil Javier, Richard Harwood, Alain de Janvry, and Michael Cernea. 2004. “A Framework for Enhancing and Guarding the Relevance and Quality of Science: The Case of the CGIAR”. Experimental Agriculture 40: 1-21.The CGIAR Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is being transformed into a

Science Council. This paper is about the role of the CGIAR Science Council in enhancing and
guarding the relevance and quality of science in the CGIAR. In carrying out this role, the Science
Council must act in a strategic advisory role, basing its advice on: planning and strategy development
in the context of CGIAR goals; internal self-assessments and independent external monitoring and
evaluation; and on impact assessments. The paper elaborates these three main functions of the Science
Council to facilitate the transformation of TAC into a full Science Council.

Abstract

The CGIAR Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is being transformed into a Science Council. This paper is about the role of the CGIAR Science Council in enhancing and guarding the relevance and quality of science in the CGIAR. In carrying out this role, the Science Council must act in a strategic advisory role, basing its advice on: planning and strategy development in the context of CGIAR goals; internal self-assessments and independent external monitoring and evaluation; and on impact assessments. The paper elaborates these three main functions of the Science Council to facilitate the transformation of TAC into a full Science Council.

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