Survey for Annual Results Report Launched
The Alliance has launched the survey for this year's Results Report, and all organizations that manufacture or distribute stoves or fuels are invited to participate.
The annual Results Report is the main mechanism the Alliance uses to track self-reported progress and growth in the cookstoves and fuels sector. The results inform donors, investors, and other private and public sector decision-makers, as well as the development of policies. Each Alliance partner’s contribution to the survey helps to demonstrate the global progress being made towards the adoption of cleaner, more efficient cooking technologies and fuels. Aggregated and anonymized results will be shared in the Annual Results Report later this year.
Based on feedback from our partners and response rates over past years, this year’s survey is streamlined to focus on stove and fuel production and distribution. We recommend that you gather information about your organization’s annual stove production, stove distribution, fuel production, and fuel distribution before starting the survey. The survey should not take you more than 20 minutes to complete. Please include data about your program’s activities from January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, July 8, 2016.
Click here to complete the survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2624500/Alliance-Results-Report-2015
Frequently Asked Questions
1.My organization has not received grant funding from the Alliance. Should we still contribute to the Annual Results Report?
Yes. The Results Report is intended to reflect the progress of Alliance partners, as well as provide useful insight into the trends and development of the sector as a whole. Each contribution strengthens a report that serves as a sector-wide barometer and resource.
2. My organization is active in the sector, but doesn’t directly manufacture or distribute stoves or fuels. Should we still contribute to the Annual Results Report?
In previous years, the Results Report survey did include questions about other important activities for the sector, including research, advocacy, marketing, testing, policy, investment. These activities are important to building a thriving market for cookstoves and fuels. However, to streamline survey this year, we are focused on stove/fuel production/distribution. If you do not directly manufacture or distribute stoves or fuels, we do not need any additional information from you for this year’s Results Report.
3. Will my organization be identifiable in the final Results Report?
Only aggregated and anonymized results will be shared in the report. Individual partner responses will not be shared or reported without explicit permission.
4. In previous Results Reports, the stoves and fuels were reported based on IWA Tiers for efficiency and indoor emissions. With progress being made to develop improved standards, will the Alliance use the IWA Tiers?
The ISO International Workshop Agreement (IWA) Tiers have been helpful to report globally aggregated results across multiple stove and fuel types. There is significant progress with the new standards work, but the new standards will probably not be finalized before the publication of the 2015 Results Report. We will continue to use the IWA Tiers. More information is available online about the IWA Tiers and how the Alliance defines “clean” and “efficient” for the purposes of the Results report.
5. Are there data gaps or data verification concerns and if so, how would you be addressing these issues?
The Results Report relies on partner self-reporting, but variations in response rate can lead to data gaps. Where possible, partner responses are cross-checked with each other, to eliminate double counting when multiple organizations are involved in manufacturing and distribution for the same stove or fuel. In addition, data from population-based surveys, routine grantee reporting, and research studies are incorporated for a more robust analysis.
6. How is the Results Report coordinated with the Sustainable Development Goals, Sustainable Energy 4 All Global Tracking Framework, and other partners?
The global efforts to track adoption of sustainable energy and international development include a component focused on adoption of cookstoves and fuels. While these global efforts have distinct approaches, the Global Alliance is coordinating with these global efforts and with many of our partners to ensure consistent and clear methods, metrics, to maximize opportunities for data sharing and coordinated analyses.
The Results Report is focused on activities in 2015, including manufacturing, production, and distribution. The Clean Cooking Catalog is the data resource for collecting and sharing information about stove and fuel technologies, which often stay the same from year to year.
The Results Report draws from the Clean Cooking Catalog for both the landscape of available stoves and fuels, as well as for the performance of stoves and fuels. If you have not already submitted your stove, fuel, or test results to the Catalog, please click here to do so.
8. This survey asks for fuels as volumes (kilograms or liters). How do you know how many households the fuel reaches?
The Alliance continues to strengthen efforts to track the status of fuel production, accessibility, distribution, and use, in order to better assess their health and environmental benefits. In order to compare stove and fuel distribution, we will be summarizing the fuel data as the number of households the reported volume of fuels could supply, assuming each fuel would supply 100% of a households’ cooking energy needs. Thus, fuel results will be conservative, given 1) the tendency for households to ‘stack’ or use multiple types of stoves and fuels; and 2) the fact that we assumed a low combustion efficiency rate for all fuel types.
9.The impacts of a stove and fuel depend on many factors, particularly adoption that is consistent and sustained. How does the Alliance define and track sustained adoption?
In 2015 at meetings in Peru and Ghana, the Alliance organized meetings for stakeholders to co-develop a working definition of adoption and sustained adoption and discuss potential measurement approaches. Participants at these meetings developed a framework that addresses 5 core areas of adoption to measure: the clean cooking technology meets the user's needs, user is willing to pay/invest in maintenance and repair, the intensity of use of the clean cooking technology, the degree of traditional stove replacement and the user is willing to pay/invest in the sustained use of the clean cooking technology over time. This framework will be used for targeted research studies and to coordinate with other global efforts, which will be used to supplement the Results Report.