Work Plans and Reporting

Up until 2015, CCAFS implemented a logframe approach to planning and reporting. This approach was designed using principles of adaptive management, with attention paid to the multiple cornerstones needed for effective research for development.  Under this appraoch, CCAFS learning centered on teamwork, partnerships, building consensus around objectives, approaches, problems and solutions, and internal and external communications.

Under the logframe approach, work planning and reporting was designed to cascade from the global to the local level. The highest level, level 0, addressed the over-arching outcomes that CGIAR seeks to bring about, as specified in the Strategy and Results Framework document. CCAFS contributes to these as one of 15 CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs).  

Operationally, CCAFS planning and reporting occured at three levels:

  • Level 1 the overall logframe; 
  • Level 2 annual workplans that go to the level of activities for Centers and CCAFS Theme Leaders and Regional Program Leaders; 
  • Level 3 detailed workplans and terms of reference in individual contracts with partners for certain deliverables for Theme and Region activities.  
Activity reporting occured at the same levels
 
  • Level 1 the annual report to the CGIAR Consortium; 
  • Level 2 narrative reports and activity reporting tables for each Theme, Region and Center;
  • Level 3 project reports from specific contracts on specific deliverables.  
The reports at level 1 and level 2 followed standardized formats. 
 
Further, as outlined in the CCAFS program plan, CCAFS has always used “smart learning loops” among staff, partners and stakeholders for iterative improvement of the program.