Baseline Studies

This involves carrying out detailed socio-economic studies in the project implementation and/or impact area.

Objective

The objective is to generate exhaustive databases on the economic and social situation in the future project’s areas of influence in contexts where reliable statistical data is scarce or non-existent. These reference documents constitute a tool to obtain a detailed understanding and analysis of the main community issues. The baseline study is a prerequisite for measuring any future social impact of actions, but also for formulating and implementing community support activities that are in line with the area’s economic and social realities.

Deliverables

INSUCO produces reports covering all the information gathered on demographics, health, education, the economy, and governance of an area and which present this information in terms of infrastructure, trends, practices and strategies. These reports are delivered along with the database built through primary data collection as well as a scoreboard that presents a set of contextualised indicators, which can be used for the rational monitoring of socio-economic change in a particular area.

Our Approach

The studies are based on reliable primary data, collected through population census and subsequent surveying of a representative sample of households. These tasks are carried out by local surveyors recruited and trained in the project area in order to facilitate interaction with the community and information gathering, whether in rural or urban areas. Surveyors are supervised by experienced national and international staff familiar with the local context. A qualitative methodology is combined with the quantitative approach to clarify the information gathered on the one hand and to respond to any specific requirements by the company concerning sensitive issues (land tenure, cultural heritage, local conflict management systems etc.) on the other.