Tools and Methods

Most of the CIFOR C&I Toolbox (described below) is available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian, and Chinese.

  • Colfer, C.J.P., Brocklesby, M.A., Diaw, C., Etuge, P., Günter, M., Harwell, E., McDougall, C., Porro, N.M., Porro, R., Prabhu, R., Salim, A., Sardjono, M.A., Tchikangwa, B., Tiani, A.M., Wadley, R.L., Woelfel, J. and Wollenberg, E. 1999. The BAG (Basic Assessment Guide for Human Well-Being). Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia.
    e-files: English (PDF, size 0.6 MB)

    This manual provides 79 page manual provides a suite of simple methods for use in assessing human well being. The manual is part of CIFOR’s C&I Toolbox, and was originally developed for use in assessing sustainable forest management in forests managed for timber. However, it has been found to more widely useful, in forests managed for other purposes.

  • Colfer, C.J.P., Brocklesby, M.A., Diaw, C., Etuge, P., Günter, M., Harwell, E., McDougall, C., Porro, N.M., Porro, R., Prabhu, R., Salim, A., Sardjono, M.A., Tchikangwa, B., Tiani, A.M., Wadley, R.L., Woelfel, J. and Wollenberg, E. 1999. The Grab Bag: Supplementary Methods for Assessing Human Well-Being. Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia.
    e-files: English (PDF, size 0.9 MB)

    This 64 page manual, also part of the CIFOR C&I Toolbox, is a supplement to the previous one, with some of the methods a bit more complex, and others providing alternative methods that assess the same issues as in The Bag.

  • CIFOR C&I Team. 1999. The CIFOR Criteria and Indicators Generic Template. Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia.
    e-files: English (PDF, size 427 KB)

    This short booklet, also part of the CIFOR C&I Toolbox, lists the total set of criteria and indicators developed by CIFOR in its C&I tests, conducted in the 1990s, in a number of countries.

  • Mendoza, G.A. and Macoun, P. with Prabhu, R., Sukadri, D., Purnomo, H. and Hartanto, H. 1999. Guidelines for Applying Multi-Criteria Analysis to the Assessment of Criteria and Indicators. Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia.
    e-files: English (PDF, size 3.9 MB)

    This booklet, also part of the CIFOR C&I Toolbox, explains how to use multi-criteria analysis. It is designed for use where there are multiple stakeholders with different values who are trying together to assess the sustainability of management in forests.

  • Prabhu, R., Colfer, C.J.P., Dudley, R.G. 1999. Guidelines for Developing, Testing and Selecting Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management. Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia.
    e-files: English (PDF, size 100 KB)

    This booklet introduces the CIFOR C&I Toolbox, and explains the process used for developing locally appropriate criteria and indicators, with the intention that others could replicate the process in their own contexts.

  • Salim, A. and Colfer, C.J.P. with McDougall, C. 1999. Scoring and Analysis Guide. Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia.
    e-files: English (ZIP, size 2.5 MB)

    This manual is designed for users who are unfamiliar with the use of Excel and other computer prorams. It explains in great detail exactly how to score and enter results into computer programs, consistent with the methods proposed in the other booklets above.

  • Tiani, Anne M. and Charancle, Jean-Martial B. Simple Criteria and Indicators to Uncover and Negotiate Local Perceptions on Sustainability. Forests, Trees and Livelihoods, 2007, Vol. 17, pp. 3–21 1472-8028 $10 © 2007 A B Academic Publishers—Printed in Great Britain.
    e-files: English (PDF, size 300 KB)

    Simple Criteria and Indicators can be used to help forest people express their view on sustainability. Three main findings characterize local perceptions:

    • he natural and social worlds are intertwined, confirming environmental services as elements of well-being;
    • The C&I often express lacking factors, uncertainties and apprehensions, thus they are naturally dynamic, and could be efficient as tools to monitor and evaluate social changes;
    • The variability of interests and motivations of different social groups that make up a community is mitigated by a convergence of vision related to social capital, land security, resource management, and quality of life.

    The authors conclude that prior identification of the C&I through a systematic process will allow development projects to be more adapted to communities’ specific needs and to increase community support and involvement.