Kristin Komives

Kristin is ISEAL's Director of Impacts

I first joined ISEAL in 2010 to help set up a monitoring and evaluation system for the ISEAL Secretariat. Since then, my job has grown to include managing ISEAL’s work on the impacts of sustainability standards. In this capacity, I support ISEAL members in the development of their own monitoring and evaluation systems and facilitate collaboration on the development of indicators, methodologies, and research studies that will help members measure and understand their sustainability impacts. With the support of the Ford Foundation, I am working with ISEAL’s agriculture and forestry members to develop common indicators for examining poverty reduction and pro-poor development impacts and to define priority topics for future research on certification impacts. This year we will be lauching three collaborative impact evaluation studies to examine the impact of sustainability standards on smallholders in three regions and to test methodologies for examining this impact.  As ISEAL’s resident expert on the Impacts Code, I work with my colleague Marta to help existing and potential members understand what they need to do to come into compliance with the Code.

Before ISEAL...

I worked as a Senior Lecturer in environment and sustainable development at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam. At the ISS, I taught courses on research methodology, survey design, sustainable and social development and environmental policy to MA and PhD students. I was also engaged in applied research related to water and electricity services, pro-poor subsidy design, environmental planning and poverty reduction in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. As a faculty member and an independent consultant, I have conducted large-scale household surveys, policy and project evaluations and impact evaluations for a wide variety of international organisations. I obtained my Masters in Regional Planning and PhD at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (and met by Belgian husband there as well). I also hold an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College in Vermont, US.

Ask me about:

The ISEAL Impacts Code, ISEAL’s research listserv, monitoring and evaluation in the ISEAL Secretariat, and anything about monitoring, evaluation, or research design in general!

I am based in:

Brussels

 

IUCN journal devotes entire issue to review literature on certification’s impact on biodiversity

Understanding the benefits and limitations of certification as a viable approach for achieving biodiversity conservation is the focus of the latest issue of IUCN’s Policy Matters, ‘Certification and biodiversity: How voluntary certification standards impact biodiversity and human livelihoods’.

New report finds prevailing wages in Bangladesh nearly 50 to 70 percent below a living wage

The Global Living Wage Coalition (GLWC) has released a new living wage benchmark report that looks at current and living wages in Dhaka city and other surrounding satellite cities, home to 80% of the garment factories in Bangladesh.

ISEAL DIPI Project - Three Commissioned Impact Evaluations - Factsheet on Baseline Studies

With support from the Ford Foundation, ISEAL is commissioning three impact evaluations to study the emerging long-term impacts of different sustainability standards in the agriculture sector from the pre-certification stage to three years after certification. Here you can download a short two-page fact sheet on the baseline studies and what we are trying to learn from them, including their common angles, various methods, and who the research partners are.

ISEAL Project Fact Sheet - Demonstrating and Improving Poverty Impacts

Through support from the Ford Foundation, ISEAL and its members have been working to understand the contribution that certification makes towards sustainable rural livelihoods and pro-poor development practices. Here you can download a two page colour fact sheet on the project.

ISEAL DIPI Project - Three Commissioned Impact Evaluations - Baseline Full Reports and Research Design Documents

ISEAL’s commissioning of three independent evaluations in Indonesia, India and Kenya will help contribute to high quality research on the impacts of certification on the world’s poorest farmers. Here you can find the full baseline reports from all three studies and the research design documents for each as well.

ISEAL’s three poverty impact studies complete baseline

ISEAL’s commissioning of the independent evaluations in Indonesia, India and Kenya will help contribute to high quality research on the impacts of certification on the world’s poorest farmers.

Will better information on the impacts of standards help drive uptake?

To get a better understanding of what drives uptake of sustainability standards, ISEAL worked with GlobeScan to survey businesses about how they use these standards and what they think about them.

Even among non-users, survey finds standards alive and kicking

A recent business survey found that 70% of non-users of standards will either definitely or likely begin to use standards in the future.

New WWF study shows benefits of FSC outweigh costs, urges buyers to source certified

A new study by WWF shows that FSC earns enterprises more money for their wood sold, and that financial and other benefits outweigh the investments made to integrate the environmental and social practices required by certification.

Meeting report: Living Income - A Discussion on Methodology and Use (May 2015)

Report on the discussion meeting ‘Living income: a discussion on methodology and use’ which took place in Berlin on 20 May 2015, co-hosted by GIZ and the Sustainable Food Lab.
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