Evaluation

Purpose
  1. Evaluate available data from monitoring and other sources to inform adaptive management, assess a strategy's impact, influence key actors, and contribute to the evidence base.
Products
  • Evaluation analysis results
  • Communication products (white papers, scientific publications, annual reports)
 

Using the plan that you created when you defined your measures, you will need to evaluate your progress periodically to make sure that your strategy is on track. Because CbD 2.0 asks for results at scale, including through systems change, evaluation methodologies that have been used for biodiversity conservation metrics may not be enough. As we increasingly seek to change behaviors and policies through networks, social movements, strengthening public will and influencing others, we will need new ways to measure our success. Fortunately, there are a myriad of tools that have been developed in sectors outside conservation that can be used towards this end.

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  • Evaluate data from monitoring and other sources.

    • The analyst matters.

    • Timeliness matters.

    • Look for the unexpected.

  • Generate communication products.

    • Peer-reviewed publications are the gold standard.

    • Don’t overstate your case.

Minimum Standard Questions
  1. Was the monitoring data that you collected evaluated by a qualified analyst in a timely manner?
  2. Were communication products developed for key audiences?

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