To carry out new research on how programmes and projects that deliver support to agro-pastoralists, pastoralists and farmers can be designed, implemented and evaluated more effectively;
To distill key insights and lessons from existing knowledge;
To support innovation and the use of technology in FCDO and partner programmes
A lot is changing in the countries and contexts we work in, largely thanks to local communities and the support of national governments, international donors, aid organisations and businesses. Yet many programmes aren’t evaluated or are only assessed during the lifetime of the initiative, which means valuable knowledge on the sustainability and impacts of these projects is lost.
We will harness the evidence and information we generate to better understand which programmes are effective in semi-arid regions, and fragile and conflict-affected areas; and to assess how projects can be replicated at scale given the complexity of dynamic development contexts.
With a team of more than 100 experts specialising in agriculture, climate change, economics, livelihoods, gender and social inclusion, conflict and peacebuilding, and operational activities including research management, procurement, knowledge brokering and communications, we will:
Generate and share new research to address existing evidence gaps;
Synthesise, curate and disseminate existing knowledge;
Develop and support innovation and technology in FCDO and partner programmes that respond to emerging policy and programme agendas;
Prompt debate and discussion to develop solutions for challenging issues;
Provide expertise on programme design, delivery and evaluation to FCDO country offices;
Develop and share evidence, knowledge and ideas through targeted research communication and uptake activities;
Ensure policy and decision-makers can access, and learn from, the knowledge and evidence we generate.
SPARC is a six-year research programme made up of diverse member organisations with a wealth of expertise. The consortium is led by fund manager Cowater, working in partnership with the Overseas Development Institute, the International Livestock Research Institute and Mercy Corps. The programme is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).