Measuring Performance in Agricultural Extension: A Common Metrics Framework
There is no universally-accepted framework for how to measure the performance of agricultural extension and advisory services. The best-fit framework suggests an impact chain approach, where components of the system (e.g. governance and management structures, organizational and individual capacities and methods and approaches) affect the performance of the system. Where the best-fit framework falls short, though, is in establishing a common set of indicators against which to measure outcomes and impacts.
There is value in having an established set of metrics to compare and contrast the performance of extension systems across countries and contexts. With common metrics, learning can be shared and adapted across multiple settings and guide policymakers, funders and implementers toward investments, innovations and activities that maximize impact.
The Feed the Future Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) project is leading an initiative to develop a common framework for extension metrics. It is a work in progress, so speakers will present the framework elements to date and debate on difficult elements. There will be time for discussion and feedback from the audience. Join us to get an exclusive first look at this framework, explore the methods and rationale for its creation and provide valued feedback that we will incorporate as we finalize this tool!
David J. Spielman is a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
Kristin Davis is a Senior Research Fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) where she’s worked since 2004.
Judy served as USAID's Digital Solutions Advisor for Agriculture until 2017 and now is an independent consultant with the same focus.
Prior to USAID, Judy worked for over 25 years in the US private sector, including working on all aspects of e-business: from strategic planning to hands on implementation, marketing, and pricing. She was VP of a venture capital backed business-to-business e-commerce service. Judy holds a BA from Stanford University, a masters degree from Harvard and was a Fulbright Scholar.