Results and Impact
BCI is committed to measuring sustainability improvements everywhere Better Cotton is produced and to evaluating the environmental, social, and economic impact of the Better Cotton Standard System.
Results Indicator data: BCI’s Results Indicators quantitatively measure differences between Better Cotton farms and conventional farms, and are integrated into the Better Cotton Assurance Program. Data is collected every season from a representative random sample of participating smallholders, and from all medium and large farms. In addition to the data recorded by Better Cotton farms, BCI collects data from farms using conventional methods in order to make a comparison.
Independent case studies: BCI also commissions independent case studies to collect data from samples of Better Cotton and conventional farms. The findings of these case studies are then compared to the Results Indicator data reported by farmers, and used to check general directional similarities in results. The case studies also provide an opportunity to gather qualitative information about the Better Cotton experience directly from farmers, hearing in their own words how they feel that Better Cotton is driving change.
By ‘impact’, we mean the positive and negative long-term effects resulting from the implementation of a Better Cotton Standard System, either directly or indirectly, intended or unintended (from the ISEAL Impacts Code, adapted from OECD Glossary). Impact takes time to achieve and measure, but BCI has already commissioned studies and partnered with academic institutions to seek greater understanding of the impact of Better Cotton on the people who produce it and on the environment. Further studies are in progress and findings will be shared as they become available.
Policy on Communicating Data
BCI is committed to ensuring that credible data demonstrating progress and results is communicated to BCI members, partners, funders, farmers, and the public. The reputation of BCI rests in large part with the credibility of its data. Data is therefore provided at strategic moments throughout the cotton production cycle to allow actors engaged in the Better Cotton network to effectively use and learn from it. The BCI Policy on Communicating Data specifically addresses:
- types of data about which BCI communicate
- the rationale for any limitations on data use
- when and how data is made available by BCI
To read the BCI Policy on Communicating Data click here.
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