Careful monitoring and evaluation of clean cookstove and fuels adoption programs is critical for observing progress and measuring the impact of the sector’s work. The Alliance is developing clear and transparent indicators that can cost-effectively measure results from the most basic project parameters like cookstove sales, adoption rates, household air pollution, fuel collection time, and fuel savings, to broader objectives regarding saving lives, empowering women, improving livelihoods, and protecting the environment. These efforts must be applicable to all geographies and target markets as well as to the majority of cookstove and fuel distribution efforts.
The Alliance's objective is to measure progress and success toward our goals while simultaneously addressing evidence gaps and facilitating improvements in the sector over time. Thus, standards, testing and research all play integral roles in the Alliance’s approach to M&E, particularly as we track the distribution and adoption of stoves at different ‘tiers’ of performance with respect to efficiency, safety, and emissions.
The results framework can be roughly divided into three sections, and includes both measured and modeled indicators. The Alliance's M&E system utilizes a mix of population based surveys, results reporting, routine reporting from grantees, evaluation studies and impact assessment to track progress on market development, clean cooking distribution, clean cooking adoption and use, mission goals (health, environment, gender, and livelihood impacts), the impact of public awareness campaigns, and achievement of the Alliance's value propositions.