In 2012, when LEAF established its monitoring and evaluation programme, we started providing information about our impacts, growth and the economic, environmental and social benefits of achieving and maintaining LEAF Marque certification. We continue to build on that work which helps provide the scientific foundation for the transparent and impartial evaluation of LEAF’s effectiveness in delivering our mission and vision.
We are proud to introduce LEAF’s fifth Global Impacts Report ‘Delivering More Sustainable Food and Farming’ which celebrates the achievements of LEAF Marque certified businesses in delivering more sustainable food and farming. Inspiring and enabling everyone we work with about sustainability is one thing, but this needs to be demonstrated through monitoring and evaluation.
LEAF Marque certification helps farm businesses become more sustainable. It is an important driver for change. Gaining insight into the impact LEAF Marque certification is having on delivering more sustainable farming is critical for the continuous improvement of our standards.
So we can assess the effectiveness of our work and be certain that it is advancing environmental change, we commission independent research studies to evaluate our impact. The findings of these studies provide vital insights which we use to revise and adapt the LEAF Marque assurance system. This leads to better results of our work, for the benefit of all LEAF Marque certified businesses.
The LEAF Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) mission is to increase the understanding of the environmental, social, political, organisational and other impacts of LEAF’s activities. The continuous M&E programme augments the scientific basis, benefits, value and the impartiality, transparency and inclusiveness of LEAF’s activities.
The Public System Report on Impacts describes LEAF’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system. It is intended to ensure transparency and demonstrate compliance with the ISEAL Impacts Code.
The process of monitoring and evaluation is embedded culturally as all staff are managed and developed based on results and continuous improvement. The M&E plan and staff performance monitoring are inextricably linked; however, specific M&E roles and responsibilities are defined below:
M&E Champion – The Chief Executive, working with governance boards, determines LEAF’s strategy and primary objectives, sets targets and steers the M&E group both informally and formally at governance, management and technical meetings.
M&E Group – In addition to the Chief Executive, the M&E Group works collaboratively to shape policy, define impacts and contribute to the continuous development of M&E. The Group is comprised of the following:
M&E Planning – The Operations Manager is accountable to the Chief Executive for the production and development of the LEAF M&E Framework and plan and, working with the M&E Group, ensures the plan is monitored, reviewed and delivered.
M&E Technical Team – The LEAF Technical team members identified below, work collectively to develop and refine indicators, collect and evaluate data and provide regular reports on outcomes:
o Chief Executive (Chairman)
o Sustainability Manager
o Certification & Assurance Manager
o IFM Manager
o Technical Assistant
o Technical Assistant (Projects)
The LEAF Marque Board has allocated part of the LEAF Marque budget for M&E for research as well as the addition of staff time.
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