Public Goods Tool
Contract period:1 July 2010 to 31 March 2011
Main funder:DEFRA through Natural England
Contact staff at ORC:Mr. Laurence Graham Smith
To produce an excel-based tool which can be used to assess the public goods provided on a farm. These are split into separate areas of public good:
- Soil management,
- Landscape and heritage,
- Water management,
- Manure management and nutrients,
- Energy and carbon,
- Food security,
- Agricultural systems diversity,
- Social capital,
- Farm business resilience,
- Animal health and welfare.
The tool will provide a clear, easy-to-follow results page which a farmer can use to identify areas where there is potential for improvement and areas where the farm is above average.
ORC's roleORC undertook the entire project.
- Positive feedback from farmers and advisors involved in the pilot
- External review of the tool
Gerrard, C.L., Smith, L.G., Padel, S., Pearce, B., Hitchings, R., Measures, M., Cooper, N., (2011), OCIS Public Goods Tool Development, Report for DEFRA.
Gerrard, Catherine L; Smith, Laurence; Pearce, Bruce; Padel, Susanne; Hitchings, Roger and Measures, Mark (2012) Public goods and farming. In: Farming for food and water security, 10. Sustainable Agriculture Reviews, no. 8380. Springer, Dodrecht Heidelberg New York London, pp. 1-22.
Previous relevant work
EASI Programme (PDF 107KB)