My organization conducts trainings on simple yield-improving techniques for farmers in “developing countries.” As of right now, we have workshops on raised planting beds, bucket drip irrigation, and composting. We are hoping to improve the way we evaluate the effectiveness and impact of our program on participating farmers.
From your experience, what are the key metrics for measuring the effectiveness of agriculture workshops on a farmer’s life, socially, economically, health-wise, etc.? It would be helpful if these metrics were clear and easily measurable. It would also be good to note how long after the workshop a certain metric should be taken (months? years?).
Examples may include prevalence of malnutrition in the family, change in crop yield by kilo, improvement of certain illnesses, time saved from decreased water use, etc.