Village dataset of the Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS REDD+) Module 2


The Village dataset corresponds to the Village Questionnaire, which is divided into 10 main sections: 1.Basic information on demography, settlement, and infrastructure ; 2.village institutions and forest use regulations and rules; 3.wages and prices; 4.development projects/income to village (Phase 1 only); 5.village land tenure and use ; 6.basic information on livelihoods in the village and change over time; 7.change in forest area, quality, and use; 8.views on tenure security over agricultural and forest resources; 9.perceptions on changes in wellbeing; and, 10.involvement in and assessment of forest interventions.

Information sources for this questionnaire are secondary data, own observations and interviews with key informants for sections 1 to 5, and village meetings (or focus groups) that consist of 10–15 adults (>16 years of age) for sections 5 to 10. Variables from Phase 1 start with P1V_section&question number, and variables from Phase 2 start with P2V_section&question number.

The research design and methods are further described in Sunderlin et al. (2016) as well as in several GCS REDD+ publications and related material (see GCS-REDD sub national initatives website).

GCS-REDD+ Subnational Initatives quality assurance
FTA’s GCS-REDD+ Subnational Initatives datasets have been peer-reviewed to ensure that they meet CGIAR’s ‘quality of research for development’ (QoR4D) framework. This framework, developed with strong methodological contributions from FTA, comprises criteria for relevance, credibility, legitimacy and effectiveness.

The GCS-REDD+ Subnational Initatives datasets have been independently evaluated as contributing to a well-defined research question important to forests, trees and agroforestry, and to FTA’s Theory of Change. The GCS-REDD+ Subnational Initatives datasets also contribute new knowledge on forests, trees and agroforestry.

The credibility of the GCS-REDD+ Subnational Initatives datasets has been externally verified. The datasets belong to FTA partners – and can be used by FTA.

The GCS-REDD+ Subnational Initatives datasets have been generated through a rigorous research design; they are complete, curated and cleaned. The datasets, the underlying methods and related findings are robust, and sources of knowledge are dependable and sound.

The GCS-REDD+ Subnational Initatives datasets have been assessed as meeting the criteria for legitimacy. Data have been collected following both Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) and the research ethics guidelines of FTA, ensuring the underlying research process is fair and ethical and perceived as such, including proper representation of all involved and consideration of interests and perspectives of intended users. Gender considerations, and thus a gender lens, is reflected in the data collected.

The GCS-REDD+ Subnational Initatives datasets and related products and services are accessible and well positioned for uptake and use (by researchers and stakeholders), including capacity development and proper support to the enabling environment. GCS-REDD+ Subnational Initatives dataset on the FTA website are also available and accessible on the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) interoperable repository site, Dataverse. Data are also described by sufficient metadata (CG-Core).

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Village dataset of the Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS REDD+) Module 2


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