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Evaluating Gates Foundation Agronomy Grants


Highlights

  • Understanding the implementation successes and challenges of international agronomy grants
  • Data synthesis from interviews, document reviews, online survey, and evaluation data
  • Key lessons learned in agronomy to inform future funding in these areas
The Challenge

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded Abt Associates to evaluate a selection of five agronomy grants designed by the foundation’s Agricultural Development (AgDev) team. The goal of the evaluation was to analyze results of the work of the soil management and crop production grants, determine common successes and challenges, and compare approaches across investments.

The Approach

For this evaluation, Abt

  • reviewed grantee monitoring and evaluation data
  • reviewed key grantee reports
  • directed more than 90 remote key informant interviews with stakeholders familiar with the grantees’ work
  • implemented an online survey to elicit information from a broad range of stakeholders on their experience and understanding of grantees’ work. 

The original data collection plan included in-country site visits and in-person interviews, but the study team had to switch to all remote interviews due to travel limitations from COVID-19.

The Results

Findings are currently under review with the foundation and will help inform and enhance the work of the grantees and future agronomy investment design, decisions, and strategy.