Solar Cooker Adoption and Impact, Part 1: Baseline Questions
Survey Purpose: Measure solar cooking use and impact
• This survey is designed to standardize data collection regarding the adoption and impact of solar cookers. This survey should be used by anyone who distributes solar cookers.
• This survey is intended for gathering a) baseline data and b) post-distribution data, to build an evidence base from solar cooking projects.
• This survey was created by a working group established at the 5th SCI World Conference in 2014. The group was led by SCI and included many global solar cooking experts who met regularly for more than a year to create and refine this survey.
• This survey has two parts and is intended for collecting before-and-after data for measuring the impact of solar cooker usage. Baseline Questions (below) are to be asked at the beginning of the project before solar cookers are being used.
• Please share the results with Solar Cookers International (SCI). Using this form "as is" will automatically share results with Solar Cookers International (SCI).
• SCI recommends follow-up and training – as needed and in addition to conducting these surveys. This helps the new solar cooks feel more comfortable and confident solar cooking before the post-distribution questions are asked.
• All required questions from these surveys should be asked/answered and the questions should be kept as they are, and not modified, aside from being translated into local languages. Maintaining consistent questions and answer format among projects helps when combining evidence-based results from several projects to calculate the global impact of solar cooking (such as here). This helps track progress and garner support for the whole solar cooking sector.
• There are core (required) and supplemental questions. Core questions are marked with an *. Core questions should be asked for every project. Supplemental questions can be asked based on each project’s evaluation capabilities and needs.
• It is recommended to gather post-distribution responses one year after solar cookers have been distributed. If data can be collected more frequently (6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, etc. after distribution) that is preferred. Consider the expected lifetime of the solar cooker and gathering responses at the end of the dry season.
• Give survey takers direction and tools to convert commonly used fuel amounts into kilograms.
• Make sure surveyors understand definitions for type and model, maintenance, modification, pot and weather suitability prior to asking questions.