Social Program

Impacts Evaluation

Find out about the work of evaluating the social impacts of our program

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.

Listed below are some of the main impacts measured in the study:

  • For every BRL 1.00 invested in PDCIS, BRL 2.13 were returned in socioenvironmental and economic benefits for the supported families;
  • The beneficiaries reduced their dependence on the Bolsa Família program by 65%;
  • The average annual income with farming was approximately BRL 25,000 higher than that of the non-beneficiaries;
  • The young people who benefited from PDCIS have higher aspirations of becoming entrepreneurs, believe in receiving an education for entrepreneurialism, and had opportunities to apply new agricultural technologies;
  • The supported teenagers have less intention of leaving their properties in search of better living conditions in other places, and participate more actively with their families, communities, cooperatives and associations;
  • Rural producers who allied farming with the rational use of natural resources obtained annual financial gains an average of BRL 20,000 higher than the control group;
  • PDCIS beneficiaries are three times less likely to bury or burn pesticide packaging, and almost six times less likely to bury or burn domestic waste;
  • A cooperative member`s average increase in income in relation to the control group is BRL 40,000;
  • The unemployment rate for PDCIS graduates is practically half that of the state of Bahia, and  
  • The benefiting farmers are three times less likely to burn their land, and five times more likely to have regularized their rural properties.

You can find out more!

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:

  • The scientific methodology applied;
  • Data collection process;
  • Social, economic and environmental impacts;
  • Partner statements, and 
  • Real stories from beneficiaries.

Download the report!

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