Current and Upcoming Impact Evaluations

The Evaluation and Research team produces a variety of analyses and studies to document results and evaluate effectiveness of the Rainforest Alliance’s programs and standards. 

See a full list of the Evaluation & Research team’s completed publications here, summaries of planned and in-progress studies are listed below:

  • Project Portfolio Review (2008-2019)

    The field projects implemented by the Rainforest Alliance over the past decade have had diverse goals: strengthening farmer groups, developing landscape-level management platforms, and building the supply and demand for certified products, to name a few. In an effort to inform future decision-making, consultancy firm DevLearn is conducting a portfolio analysis into the overall characteristics, theories of change, durability and coherence of a portfolio of 150 projects. This is an internal learning study.

  • Effects of Rainforest Alliance Certification in the Ecuadorian banana sector

    This independent external evaluation will examine the effects of Rainforest Alliance certification on a set of social and environmental variables on banana farmers and their supply chains in Ecuador. The report is expected in the second semester of 2020.

    Accepting proposals. See request for proposals (deadline 19 April 2020).

  • The extent, characteristics and management of Rainforest Alliance conservation areas.

    A key component of the Rainforest Alliance certification program is the conservation and restoration of on-farm natural ecosystems. In this internal learning study, we will conduct an in-depth analysis of a subset of Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, to learn more about the characteristics of conservation areas and how they are managed.

Forest canopy - photo by Sergio Izquierdo

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