Our social program has been implemented in the Southern Bahia Lowlands for almost 20 years. PDCIS has been strengthening family farming in this region, respecting the vocation of the communities which have benefited, leveraging economic growth with inclusion, in harmony with the environment.
Since the program`s creation, we have always followed and disseminated the results. However, with the program`s maturity, we realized that we needed to put PDCIS to the test, and confirm the effective impacts that the program generates in the beneficiaries` lives.
Therefore, in 2018, we received support from an independent, specialized consultancy firm, JS Brasil, to conduct a PDCI Impact Evaluation for the first time in our history. It was eight months of work, in which researchers went to the countryside, visited 190 rural properties, and held more than 300 interviews.
The scientific methodology adopted was case-control, which compared two groups: the case group, made up of partner institution beneficiaries, and the control group, formed of non-beneficiaries. In order to guarantee greater security, and the quality of the collected information, the control group selected had similar characteristics to that of the beneficiaries.
The results attained demonstrated the real impacts of our program on the region, identifying the reach of the social, economic and environmental transformations in the beneficiaries` lives.
More than this, the study also indicated points for improvement, and program follow-up indicators, which are essential to consolidate its systematization as our social technology and to orientate expansion strategies, a desire that Norberto Odebrecht expressed in his will.
We have made a full report available in English which presents the PDCIS Impact Evaluation work. In this publication, you can obtain the following details: