Over the past few years, there have been advances in measuring the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation projects, programs, and organizations. There is still, however, a major gap between the rhetoric of organizations, including funders, around the desirability of measuring conservation effectiveness, versus the reality of actually adopting and implementing specific and transparent systems that allow us to improve our collective work.
The Measuring Conservation Effectiveness Summit brought together top program managers and scientists from leading conservation organizations and environmental program directors and officers from major funding organizations to discuss a collective vision and approach to systematically measuring conservation performance. The initial Summit was held May 5 and 6, 2010 at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in Palo Alto, California. Building on the success of this first meeting, we are now expanding a Community of Practice focused on measuring conservation effectiveness and results-based management. The initial Summit will be followed by collective work on ongoing initiatives, culminating in a second Summit meeting in 2011.
Global conservation efforts will be more efficient and effective as we increasingly know how to leverage or replicate what works and not repeat what doesn’t based upon credible measurement of our effectiveness and the open sharing of the lessons we learn.
Summit Materials and Products
Consensus Statement – Summit participants endorsed this joint statement of vision and key actions to advance results based management in conservation. (589 kb pdf – new version with logos of latest groups to sign on!)
Survey of Current Practice – Summit participants conducted a survey of current results-based management practices in the conservation community. (New – 1721 kb docx)
Summit Initiatives – Summit participants prioritized eight key collaborative initiatives to review, test, and implement results based management at different scales and at different stages in the conservation project design and management cycle. Review them here and think about signing on to one or more working groups.
Presentations -To set the stage for the Summit, participants gave presentations providing overviews of the conceptual basis and status of results based management in conservation and highlighting ‘bright spots’ of current practice.
Notes & Materials – Notes, documents, and other materials from the Summit are archived here.
Background Readings - Various background materials circulated in advance of the Summit. Additional materials to share also will be posted here.