Methods for Assessing and Evaluating Social Impacts of Program-Level REDD+
This paper provides information on tools, methods and methodologies that can be used to assess the potential social impacts of REDD+ during the program design phase and evaluate these impacts at the national and sub-national levels during the implementation phase. Options are provided to suit a range of resources (i.e., time, funds, capacity), preferences (i.e., discipline, scientific rigor), and situations. Both qualitative and quantitative methods are covered – and the advantages of using both.
It covers both ‘Social Impact Assessment,’ which is focused on pre-program risk assessment and program design, as well as those methods concerned with identifying and monitoring realized impacts during the course of program implementation.
The methods reviewed focus on assessing and evaluating social impacts, using indicators of well-being (i.e., poverty and food security) as opposed to indicators that measure governance or process.
Finally, the paper describes these methods, key references, and guidebooks. It highlights each method’s respective advantages and disadvantages as well as time, cost, and capacity requirements so that readers may compare options.