Impact Pathway

Seed degeneration of roots, tubers and bananas

The impact pathway of the project (below) helps put the project activities in context. It will be discussed and refined in the workshop. After agreeing on the pathway, we will attempt to identify flagship products, quick wins, development outcomes and intermediate development outcomes (IDO’s). For more information on these concepts, scroll down below the pathway map below or see this document.



Flagship products are significant measurable and time bound deliverables which are made available to next users (ie. outside of RTB):

    1. Must be an output of research, that is, the result of a research activity or set of related activities attributable to RTB (as opposed to adopting or using products that have been developed elsewhere), which is clearly specified and distinguishable from other research products.
    2. Will be used by a well defined group of next users outside of the RTB CRP who may be either researchers or development actors, with strong evidence of demand pull from these users.
    3. Must be a really marketable set of ideas, technologies, or science products, which generates excitement amongst researchers and other users!
    4. Must be clearly connected via next users with IDOs, and strongly help the Program’s work towards impact and outcomes. It should have an impact pathway leading to adoption by at least 100,000 end users or other very significant identifiable benefits.
    5. Includes both “upstream research”/ research in beginning stages and technology which is almost ready for delivery, and where the emphasis is on finding the optimal methods for its “rolling out” by linking with appropriate downstream partners.

FlagshipFlagship products are generally composite products which can be described like a daisy. There is a central product and a series of linked products, the petals which enable the central product to link to an impact pathway. The idea of a composite product can help us in aggregation of the current set of RTB products. Linked products could be associated with different RTB themes. The simplified example shows orange fleshed sweetpotato as a flagship with central and linked products, candidate OFSP varieties need to have sufficient pro-vitamin A to make a difference to nutrition. Adoption and positive nutrition and health outcomes will not occur without access to the other linked products.

Quick wins are a subset of flagship products which can achieve outcomes with a significant number of end users (ie farmers and consumers) in a three year period. Significant means 1,000s or 10,000s of beneficiaries. USAID uses a similar term “scalable technologies”. This is going to occur through already developed products by improved dissemination and creating an enabling environment for uptake to occur. In Montpellier we identified the following as possible quick wins:

  • Dissemination of potato varieties with late blight and virus resistance and consumer quality traits in Africa
  • Banana disease diagnosis
  • Cassava IPM for witches broom and mealybug South-East Asia

Development Outcomes are the changes which occur through the adoption, use or influence of the product by the end user, usually a farmer or consumer, but potentially also development actors e.g., a municipal government. Includes changes in agricultural practices, productivity, sustainability or other factors required to achieve the intended impact.

CRP IDOs are a set of development outcomes agreed for the CRP as a whole which are the basis for planning, agreeing a value proposition with funders and for performance evaluation. They should be prepared with stakeholder consultation.