Completing a field survey takes 1-2 hours with a farmer, and less with buyers and producer organizations. The results can be used immediately for management feedback or project monitoring, but is most effective when measures are taken annually and changes are observed over time.

Having at least 3 years of data offers a much more realistic understanding. COSA strives for systemized and ongoing monitoring and evaluation in the places where it has trained local partners, in order to ensure true movement toward sustainability.