SCOPEinsight 10 most common questions
FAQ – Top 10

What is the difference between SCOPE Pro and SCOPE Basic? Who owns the data? What is the difference between on-site training vs. e-training? We have gathered the answers to our 10 most frequently asked questions.

Q1. Do you only work with farmer groups?
We have tools that assess the professionalism of farmer organizations at different levels of maturity. Till the end of 2016, we were indeed only focused on organized farmer groups or SME’s. As of the beginning of 2017, however, we have launched a new tool: the SCOPE Agent. This tool assesses the professionalism of lead farmers, individuals, who play a specific role in an informal, immature group of farmers. These lead farmers store, process and/or market the produce of a group of individual farmers and might provide them with additional services, such as training or financing.

Q2. We already have an assessment tool, why should we use SCOPEinsight?
SCOPEinsight is the only independent organization that offers assessment tools that focus on professionalism. We have taken a business point of view, taking into consideration the requirements of the market, when determining professionalism. There is a growing group of organizations who use the tools as they see the added value of using standardized metrics. The advantage for you is that you can benchmark your results with our global database, make result driven agreements with partners and share your data in a standardized way with market players. Finally, using a standardized approach creates a common language in the market which will facilitate the linkage to market players.

Q3. Can you customize the methodology for us?
The philosophy of SCOPEinsight is to develop standardized tools that are globally applicable across all crops. The key advantages this provides is that one can compare the professionalism of farmer organizations between countries and crops. This means you can not only compare within your own projects, but you can also compare your own results with others.
We always welcome feedback from clients who use our tools so we can continuously improve and ensure that they fulfill their needs, also looking at the reality on the ground. We use this feedback to improve the global standard, so that all SCOPE users benefit.

Q4. Who owns the data?
When it comes to data, it is very important to SCOPEinsight to abide and respect privacy laws. That means that the farmer organization remains the owner of their own data and they need to give permission to others to use it or to share it with other organizations.

Q5. What is the difference between SCOPE Pro and SCOPE Basic?
There are different SCOPE tools for farmer organizations that are at different levels of maturity. The eight dimensions on which the organization is assessed are the same, only the level of complexity is different – just like at school where math in Primary School was very different from math at High School. For the more mature ones, assessed using a SCOPE Pro, we expect them to have three years of financial accounts, preferably audited. If an organization does not have the full financial accounts, then we recommend the SCOPE Basic.
If you work with SME’s, instead of farmer organizations, there are SME versions of both the SCOPE Pro and SCOPE. The content of the tool is for a large part the same, but it takes into consideration the different type of legal entity.

Q6. I don’t have capacity to manage my own assessors. Is there another way to have certified assessors conduct assessments for us?
The number of SCOPE certified assessors in growing rapidly. Some of these assessors are available for third parties. We are working on sharing this list on our website so you can contact them directly. Until this is up and running, please contact us for more information.

Q7. Do you do capacity building?
At SCOPEinsight we believe it is important to have a division of roles. SCOPEinsight defined professionalism based the market requirements and developed tools to measure this. The one developing the assessment tool should not be involved in developing the curriculum or providing training. Therefore, SCOPEinsight is not involved in capacity building because we believe that would be a conflict of interest.
It is, however, crucial that the curriculum and training provided after the assessment addresses the eight dimensions of the assessment. Only when this is the case, can each potential weakness be addressed in a focused way. For our partners, this should lead to a considerable lower use of resources and funds.|

Q8. What is the difference between on-site training vs. e-training?
An on-site training is a two-day face-to-face training, done with a group of trainees and a SCOPE certified trainer. This can be close to your office or to the field. After the more theoretic part of the training, the on-site training includes a supervised assessment of two days. After the supervised assessment, the trainees come back together with the trainer to review and ask questions. At the end of the training and after passing the exam, the trainees are issued their SCOPE certificate which is valid for one year.

An e-training can be done anywhere, as long as the trainee has a computer with internet access. It’s a combination of online training modules, which the trainee follows in his or her own time, and three interactive webinars. At the end of the e-training, the trainee takes an exam. After passing the exam, he or she is issued a SCOPE Certification which is valid for one year.

Q9. Are the SCOPE tools applicable in every country and sector?
As the SCOPE tools look at professionalism of the farmer organization or SME from a business point of view, it is universally applicable. The tools have been tried and tested in over 28 countries and in more than 40 agricultural sectors.

Q10. Do you also look at gender, social and environmental issues?
The SCOPE assessment tools do gather some data on gender and they certainly also look into social and environmental issues. One needs to keep in mind that the tool intends to measure professionalism from business point of view and is therefore focused on collecting data which is crucial for that purpose.

We have received requests from partners, who would like to build on the SCOPE tool and develop add-on’s that zoom in on specific areas. We are open to these ideas and will develop these together with our partners if there is a large enough demand for these tools.