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.
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!
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