STAFF REPORT IBD: Agriculture experts have emphasized the need for credible evidence, transparency and clarity in research evaluation and impact assessment in order to obtain positive results in agricultural research mechanism.

“Nevertheless, despite high returns to agricultural research, available funds are limited. There is an increasing demand from stakeholders, especially donors, for national and international research organisations to show that they are wisely investing the research money that have been entrusted to them,” said Prof. Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, while addressing a 10-Day Australian Centre of International Agricultural Research, ACIAR-UAF Training Workshop on “Concepts and Tools for Agricultural Research Evaluation and Impact Assessment”.

Dr Khan urged the scientists they should apply impact assessment and research evaluation approaches with self-assessment of their inner self.

Professor Dr Iqbal Zafar, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences said that it is not enough just to have a tool kit of evaluation methods that can be readily applied to a diverse research portfolio.

“Nor will the development of the necessary knowledge and skills ensure the application of priority setting methods at the institute level,” he maintained.

He said that self-assessment would enable them with more enthusiastic scientific approaches. He maintained that basic and applied sciences could not be succeeded without building bridges between knowledge and the end-user with social, scientific tools.

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