Generating knowledge to improve conservation efforts

The Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP) is a partnership of conservation-oriented NGOs, government agencies, and funders that works collectively to achieve greater impact. We seek better ways to design, manage, and measure the impacts of our conservation actions so that we can learn and improve our efforts and contribute our learning to the broader evidence base.

By participating in CMP, member organizations seek to capitalize on their individual and collective experience to avoid duplication of effort, bypass tried but failed approaches, and quickly identify and adopt best practices. CMP strives to serve as a dynamic and active catalyst for promoting innovation in monitoring and evaluation in conservation.

Our Mission

Advance the practice of conservation by developing, testing, and promoting principles and tools to credibly assess and improve the effectiveness of conservation actions.

Each organization within CMP has biodiversity conservation as its primary goal, has a focus on field-based conservation actions, and is working to develop better approaches to project design, management, and assessment. CMP members have come together to work on issues related to impact assessment and accountability because we believe that, collectively, we have a greater chance of making significant progress on designing and implementing effective monitoring and evaluation systems.

Read CMP’s Charter

How We Operate

CMP chooses to operate as an informal association, governed by a Board elected by members.  The Board is supported by an appointed coordinator, currently Foundations of Success, that operates as CMP’s fiscal sponsor. This arrangement gives CMP a flexible structure to conduct our business in a cost-effective way. CMP was set up by the founding partners as a community of practice to share learning and improve the practice of conservation. Governance of CMP’s operations is defined in our Charter, which we review and update periodically. 

CMP’s operations are also built on the Collective Impact model, which recognizes that we can achieve much more by working together than separately. The Collective Impact model defines key criteria for success, one of which is that there should be a backbone organization (i.e., appointed coordinator) to administer and facilitate the effort.