The FAO Regional Vegetable IPM Programme defines impact evaluation as appraisal of achievement of programme contribution to the programme's development goal. It aims to determine whether or not the programme has achieved its objectives and brought about the desired effects and whether these can be attributed to the programme.
The conceptual framework for impact assessment of the FAO regional vegetable IPM programme in Asia proposed to measure changes along three impact domains (natural-human, financial and socio-political) effected by project activities in farmers' practices (post-FFS), farm-level effects and at the community level. In most of the programme countries, simple success indicators such as yield, pesticide use, input costs, profit and variation in yield and profit have been included in impact assessment studies. However, under the new Swedish-funded Pesticide Risk Reduction Programme, more work is envisioned to be done along assessing the impact of the farmer training programme on other areas such as effects on the environment and biodiversity, soil quality, and health of the farmer and consumers.
Results from a pesticide risk reduction impact study may be used to assess the efficiency and efficacy of the curriculum and training activities to bring about positive changes, particularly on health and environmental risks, and to draw up policy recommendations for pesticide risk management and support to IPM initiatives.
More information about the design and analysis of IPM impact studies is available in the Impact Assessment Series.