CIRAD is the French agricultural research and international cooperation organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions. Along with its large network of scientific partners around the world, Cirad generates quality scientific and technical knowledge in the field of agriculture and contributes to building the capacity of rural societies to adapt, learn and take innovative action. This means understanding local innovation systems and fostering the conditions that favour the appropriation of that knowledge.
To fulfil this ambition, Cirad needs to understand and document the impact pathway of its research and results by taking into account the stakeholders involved in the innovation process and its possible beneficiaries. This is why Cirad has built an impact evaluation methodology toolbox named ImpresS, using a range of participatory tools. During 2015, ImpresS has been applied to 13 case studies, representing the diversity of its activities and results around the world. In the long run, ImpresS is intended to boost the “impact culture” of all Cirad researchers and teams.