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Measuring Impact (MI)

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Measuring Impact was a six-year contract (2012-2018) that aimed to increase USAID’s capacity to design, monitor, evaluate, and improve the impact of global biodiversity conservation and natural resource management programs. Partners Environmental Incentives, Foundations of Success and ICF International worked with the USAID Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and the Environment/Office of Forestry and Biodiversity (E3/FAB) to develop effective performance measures, enhance cross-project learning, foster communication, and build capacity for adaptive management. Measuring Impact 2 will build on MI's success.

Biodiversity conservation and natural resources management are integral to advancing human prosperity and enabling resilience in the world’s most vulnerable populations. USAID policy, including the Biodiversity Policy, calls for more strategic, evidence-based and effective programs. Measuring Impact helped USAID operating units meet this call by providing technical assistance with rigorous and well-informed situation analyses, clearly defined theories of change, and results-based performance indicators. Consistent with USAID Forward reforms and the Agency’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting approach, these strategies allowed the Agency to improve outcomes through learning and to articulate how conservation supports good development outcomes across sectors.

The Measuring Impact Approach

Measuring Impact provided technical assistance to USAID Missions that program biodiversity funds to achieve four key results:

1. Build Capacity for Best Practices in Implementing the Program Cycle in USAID Biodiversity Programs

Provide technical assistance to Missions and E3/FAB to:

  • Strengthen project design based on sound situation analyses and theories of change
  • Improve logical and results frameworks and indicators
  • Improve monitoring and evaluation frameworks
  • Enhance program management practices & processes
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    2. Improve Biodiversity Conservation Approaches

    Help Missions and E3/FAB improve biodiversity program outcomes through systematic learning to:

  • Increase USAID’s understanding of conditions under which different conservation actions are effective
  • Improve the use of conservation interventions by capturing and sharing evidence across Missions
  • Cultivate good learning practices in biodiversity programs that capture institutional knowledge and increase effectiveness
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    3. Build the Evidence Base

    Help USAID develop and use evidence to:

  • Illuminate linkages between biodiversity and other sectors
  • Fill evidence gaps in understanding the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation approaches
  • Create access to evidence and analysis
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    Integrating Livelihood and Conservation Goals cover image Fishing for Food Security: The Importance of Wild Fisheries for Food Security and Nutrition cover image Rewards and Risks Associated with Community Engagement in Anti-Poaching and Anti-Trafficking cover image
    Integrating Livelihood and
    Conservation Goals:
    A Retrospective Analysis
    of World Bank Projects
    Fishing for Food Security:
    The Importance of Wild
    Fisheries for Food
    Security and Nutrition
    Rewards and Risks
    Associated with Community
    Engagement in Anti-Poaching
    and Anti-Trafficking

     

    4. Synthesis and Outreach

    Strengthen USAID leadership in evidence-based conservation and development programming by:

  • Partnering with key USAID operating units to support use of evidence and best practices
  • Developing and disseminating tools and technical guidance resources
  • Communicating learning and results
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    Biodiversity How-To Guide 1 cover image Biodiversity How-To Guide 2 cover image Biodiversity How-To Guide 3 cover image
    Biodiversity How-To Guide 1:
    Developing Situation
    Models in USAID 
    Biodiversity Programming
    Biodiversity How-To Guide 2: 
    Using Results Chains
    to Depict Theories of
    Change in USAID 
    Biodiversity Programming
    Biodiversity How-To Guide 3: 
    Defining Outcomes and
    Indicators for 
    Monitoring, Evaluation, 
    and Learning in USAID 
    Biodiversity Programming

     


    Measuring Impact (MI) Project Resources

    Guía Práctica de Biodiversidad 3: Definición de Resultados e Indicadores para el Monitoreo, la Evaluación y el Aprendizaje en Los Programas de Biodiversidad en USAID
    Jul 23, 2019 · File

    Guía Práctica de Biodiversidad 3: Definición de Resultados e Indicadores para el Monitoreo, la Evaluación y el Aprendizaje en Los Programas de Biodiversidad en USAID

    La tercera guía práctica se vale de las cadenas de resultados desarrolladas en la segunda guía y ayuda a identificar los resultados clave para…

    Guía Práctica de Biodiversidad 2: Uso de Cadenas de Resultados para representar las Teorías del Cambio en Los Programas de Biodiversidad en USAID
    Jul 17, 2019 · File

    Guía Práctica de Biodiversidad 2: Uso de Cadenas de Resultados para representar las Teorías del Cambio en Los Programas de Biodiversidad en USAID

    La segunda guía práctica se vale de esta guía para crear modelos de situación para ayudar a los equipos de diseño a desarrollar cadenas…

    Guía Práctica de Biodiversidad 1: Desarrollo de Modelos de Situación en Los Programas de Biodiversidad en USAID
    Jul 17, 2019 · File

    Guía Práctica de Biodiversidad 1: Desarrollo de Modelos de Situación en Los Programas de Biodiversidad en USAID

    La primera guía práctica se enfoca en cómo desarrollar modelos de situación para determinar el contexto del problema de conservación de la biodiversidad que…

    Report: The Nature of Conservation Enterprises: A 20-year retrospective evaluation of the theory of change behind this widely used approach to biodiversity conservation
    Jun 28, 2018 · File

    Report: The Nature of Conservation Enterprises: A 20-year retrospective evaluation of the theory of change behind this widely used approach to biodiversity conservation

    USAID’s “The Nature of Conservation Enterprises: A 20-year retrospective evaluation of the theory of change behind this widely used approach to biodiversity conservation” uses…

    Integrating Food Security and Wild Caught Fisheries Management in USAID Programming
    Sep 25, 2018 · File

    Integrating Food Security and Wild Caught Fisheries Management in USAID Programming

    Integrating Food Security and Wild Caught Fisheries Management in USAID Programming is an illustrative case example that demonstrates how two adaptive management programming tools—situation…

    Best Practices for Stakeholder Engagement in Biodiversity Programming
    May 06, 2020 · File

    Best Practices for Stakeholder Engagement in Biodiversity Programming

    Effectively engaging stakeholders is a core component of successful and sustainable biodiversity conservation programs. This guide compiles the evidence from a comprehensive literature review…

    Measuring Impact: Six Years of Improving Conservation at USAID
    Dec 12, 2019 · File

    Measuring Impact: Six Years of Improving Conservation at USAID

    The Measuring Impact final report highlights six years of designing and implementing evidence-based conservation practices at USAID. Learn about the project's key milestones, challenges…

    Conservation Enterprises: Using a theory of change approach to synthesize lessons from USAID biodiversity projects
    Nov 09, 2017 · File

    Conservation Enterprises: Using a theory of change approach to synthesize lessons from USAID biodiversity projects

    In an effort to increase the understanding of conservation enterprises’ activities and outcomes and to improve the effectiveness of biodiversity programming, this brief synthesizes…

    Building a Conservation Enterprise: Keys for Success
    Nov 07, 2017 · File

    Building a Conservation Enterprise: Keys for Success

    "Building a Conservation Enterprise: Keys for Success” is a summary of the guidance from key resource documents on the enabling conditions that support a…

    Combating Wildlife Trafficking Cross-Mission Learning Agenda
    Mar 06, 2017 · File

    Combating Wildlife Trafficking Cross-Mission Learning Agenda

    The CWT Learning Agenda explores assumptions and evidence behind three strategic approaches by outlining key learning questions the Learning Group will collaborate to answer,…

    Integrating Livelihood and Conservation Goals: A Retrospective Analysis of World Bank Projects
    Feb 01, 2017 · File

    Integrating Livelihood and Conservation Goals: A Retrospective Analysis of World Bank Projects

    Using a database of World Bank project evaluations, E3/FAB’s new study called “Integrating Livelihood and Conservation Goals: A Retrospective Analysis of World Bank Projects”…

    Measuring Efforts to Combat Wildlife Crime: A Toolkit for Improving Action and Accountability
    Nov 11, 2015 · File

    Measuring Efforts to Combat Wildlife Crime: A Toolkit for Improving Action and Accountability

    Developed for any organization concerned with poaching and illegal wildlife trade, this CWC toolkit recommends indicators for monitoring progress and effectiveness of ten major…

    How-To-Guide 3 Summary: Defining Outcomes & Indicators for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning in USAID Biodiversity Programming
    Nov 09, 2016 · File

    How-To-Guide 3 Summary: Defining Outcomes & Indicators for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning in USAID Biodiversity Programming

    This is a summary of the How-To-Guide describing how to define outcomes and indicators.

    How-To-Guide 2 Summary: Using Results Chains to Depict Theories of Change in USAID Biodiversity Programming
    Nov 09, 2016 · File

    How-To-Guide 2 Summary: Using Results Chains to Depict Theories of Change in USAID Biodiversity Programming

    This is a summary of the How-To-Guide describing what a results chain is and how to build one.

    Biodiversity How-To Guide 3: Defining Outcomes & Indicators for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning in USAID Biodiversity Programming
    Aug 18, 2016 · File

    Biodiversity How-To Guide 3: Defining Outcomes & Indicators for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning in USAID Biodiversity Programming

    The Biodiversity How-To Guide 3: Defining Outcomes and Indicators for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning in USAID Biodiversity Programming is the third in a series…

    Biodiversity How-To Guide 2: Using Results Chains to Depict Theories of Change in USAID Biodiversity Programming
    Aug 18, 2016 · File

    Biodiversity How-To Guide 2: Using Results Chains to Depict Theories of Change in USAID Biodiversity Programming

    The Biodiversity How-To Guide 2: Using Results Chains to Depict Theories of Change in USAID Biodiversity Programming is the second in a series of…

    Biodiversity How-To Guide 1: Developing Situation Models in USAID Biodiversity Programming
    Aug 18, 2016 · File

    Biodiversity How-To Guide 1: Developing Situation Models in USAID Biodiversity Programming

    The Biodiversity How-To Guide 1: Developing Situation Models in USAID Biodiversity Programming is the first in a series of three guides that provide in-depth…

    Technical Brief: Rewards and Risks Associated with Community Engagement in Anti-Poaching and Anti-Trafficking
    Jun 03, 2016 · File

    Technical Brief: Rewards and Risks Associated with Community Engagement in Anti-Poaching and Anti-Trafficking

    This Biodiversity Technical Brief summarizes research on the roles communities do and should play in countering wildlife crime, motivations, and benefits for individuals and…

    Rewards and Risks Associated with Community Engagement in Anti-Poaching and Anti-Trafficking
    Jun 03, 2016 · File

    Rewards and Risks Associated with Community Engagement in Anti-Poaching and Anti-Trafficking

    This biodiversity research paper explores the roles communities do and should play in countering wildlife crime, motivations, and benefits for individuals and communities to…

    Fishing for Food Security: The Importance of Wild Fisheries for Food Security and Nutrition
    Apr 06, 2016 · File

    Fishing for Food Security: The Importance of Wild Fisheries for Food Security and Nutrition

    The Importance of Wild Fisheries for Local Food Security Briefing Book explores the role of fisheries in global development, showcases case studies of USAID…

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