Report cards are popular assessment tools, but the use of such a tool in the forest sector is innovative. This report card is a product of a 'participatory action research' process involving Global Witness and the initial four project partner NGOs. The process was initiated by commissioning research into the use of report cards in other sectors, and by partners developing their own ideas in response to local circumstances. A workshop was held in April 2009 and each partner shared their ideas and presented their draft template of the transparency indicators to be used. The following key methodological issues were identified:
By the time of the workshop, some country teams had already substantially completed their set of indicators, and so concentrated on expanding or adapting their work to include the common elements. Other teams preferred to take the common elements as their starting point.
The research approach taken in the individual countries themselves also fell into two categories:
In year one, then, we are encouraging experimentation in approach, with the methodology expected to become more rigorous - and easily replicable -- and results more conclusive in subsequent years.
For more details on each country team's methodology and results, click on countries at the top of this page.
For more on the final common set of transparency indicators, and the key differences between the approach in different countries, follow the links below.