Sustainability Intelligence Systems

Our modular components draw on our research and metrics developed over 10+ years. Now you can customize how you get credible data to:

  1. Make objectives & results crystal clear to everyone
  2. Track progress in real-time not via end or year reporting
  3. Ensure transparency, traceability, and verification in every link
  4. Identify your risks and gaps easily
  5. Deepen learning, with ROI or impact assessment or predictive planning

To set up and administer a credible responsible sourcing strategy can be costly.  We have experience with systems to avoid costly set-up choices, logistics, reporting, and incentives plan can chew up management time with few tangible results except disgruntled suppliers and costly reputational consequences.

Digital Data Capture and Geospatial Mapping

COSATouch  surveys work fast on most hand-held devices (Android or Apple) and ensure high levels of accuracy integrating skip-logic, internal validation, data piping, and offline functionality.

COSA geospatial mapping allows a clearer view and allows us to present complex data visually for sharp diagnostics and improved targeting of interventions. It is now easy for remote sensing to show land-use changes and even to ascertain correlations between socio-economic factors and changes in the environment.

Performance Monitoring improves tactical decisions

The COSA Performance Monitoring System offers fast and affordable measurement of sustainability performance that is fully customizable and simple to set up. Managers get data in a ready-to-use form and at a low-cost using relevant KPIs gathered during normal operations.

Now, staff and managers can see what they need at their fingertips in clear visual presentation that improves reporting and accountability across simple programs or complex supply chains.

Performance can be readily audited or feed into impact assessments improving accuracy for more credible reporting.

Traceability and Compliance

Understanding the functional realities of communities and suppliers requires agile data systems that minimize effort and cost while still lending themselves to verification.

We understand the needs of managers and can integrate systems that make supply and project management much more effective and reduce time spent in tracking data.

Verification

To ensure that we measure what matters, we must recognize that the value of that information is closely tied to its accuracy. Our range of verification approaches serve to validate and also as learning tools that facilitate continuous improvement.

Dashboards

COSA offers real-time management dashboards that are easy to use. They track standard or customized Key Performance Indicators (KPI). They enhance data-driven decisions in real time and facilitate reporting. For teams or platforms, they get everyone on the same page instantly. Having access means you can see one program or an entire global supply chain at a glance and improve both transparency and accountability.

Knowledge Platforms

We build and manage customized knowledge management portals for our clients and partners to transform data into knowledge. These Platforms and “Partner Zones” allow up-to-date access to best practices, tools, and data for any group or project. This facilitates the speed of sharing, allows controlled access, and accelerates learning.

Targeting: Producer Organizations

We can help you target specific crops or even areas of importance such as Producer  Organizations (co-ops) with made-for-purpose tools. For example, most of our tools are developed with bodies of international experts – in this case COSA coordinated a network of 30 development, private, and research institutions such as IFAD, FAO, and USDA – to ensure state-of-the-art approaches and global relevance of the work to enhance the sustainability of cooperatives and rural enterprises that serve farmers.

Targeting: Landscapes

COSA takes a unique Landscapes approach by understanding they can be economic (e.g. labor markets, small farm sizes, transport costs), social (policy, social safety nets, gender exclusion) and they can be environmental (e.g. deforestation, water shortages, pollution).  Understanding their holistic dynamics, makes effective collective action possible.

The COSA Landscape Approach artfully blends big data with small data and consolidates technologies that include hotspots data, GIS maps, and dashboards to elegantly identify problems and solutions that are validated with stakeholders (farmers, community leaders, value chain actors, governments and NGOs). We jointly craft a strategic sustainability plan and how to effectively monitor its implementation across stakeholders.

Targeting: Resilience

The COSA’s Resilience Measurement Tool consists of a set of indicators, defined metrics, survey questions and implementation guidelines. The Tool helps both public and private organizations to quickly and cost-effectively grasp the core issues around resilience (through a set of 11 key indicators), or identify critical resilience hotspots (through a set of 27 core indicators), or evaluate the effects of resilience interventions (through the more than 76 indicator library) on household well-being. The practical structure of this Resilience Tool means that it can be used by diverse groups including development practitioners, civil society organizations, and business supply chains. It is applicable across projects of different scales, including many initiatives or projects that have neither the budget nor the inclination to undertake the sort of scientific research that was previously required to get a sense of the level and scope of resilience in a community.

For an in-depth look at the methodological framework of our Resilience Measurement Tool, Link