Under the enhanced Commonwealth performance framework, ACIAR achieves its purpose through a single government outcome (Outcome 1) and program (Program 1).
To contribute to reducing poverty and improving the livelihoods of many in the Indo-Pacific region through more productive and sustainable agriculture emerging from collaborative international research.
To achieve more productive and sustainable agricultural systems for the benefit of developing countries and Australia through supporting international agricultural research and training partnerships.
International agricultural research and development
During 2019–20, ACIAR instigated, brokered and managed research partnerships and programs with approximately 500 research organisations and institutions, across 35 countries in the Indo-Pacific region. There were approximately 200 active research projects and programs (ongoing or commencing).
ACIAR performance for the reporting period was monitored and reported against three key areas of work:
- multilateral research collaborations and co-investments
- bilateral country research partnerships
- capacity building programs.
The investment and design of our projects, programs and partnerships are guided by our high-level strategic objectives (ACIAR 10-Year Strategy 2018–2027) and evaluated against our performance criteria and targets (ACIAR Corporate Plan 2019–20 and ACIAR Portfolio Budget Statements 2019–20).
ACIAR manages and monitors its investments in research and partnerships to maximise impact and returns. We have a well-established approach to assessing adoption of research results and their subsequent impact at a project level. More recently, we developed a portfolio-scale approach to help refine our priorities, learn lessons from current and past projects, and report accurately to our Minister, the Parliament and the Australian public.
We assess our performance through an integrated approach to monitoring and evaluation at a project level and at a portfolio level.
The impact of ACIAR projects, programs and partnerships is complex to measure, as it involves technological and sociological changes in developing countries in the Indo-Pacific region, which may be realised over many years, even decades, after the original research investment. The ACIAR monitoring and evaluation framework continues the development and refinement of indicators and their measurability.
The following tables record the performance of ACIAR during 2019–20 against performance criteria and targets set out in the ACIAR Portfolio Budget Statements 2019–20.