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Conservation Enterprises Learning Agenda

by Sue Hoye last modified Apr 04, 2017 04:37 PM

The Learning Agenda (available here for download) is composed of learning questions related to the key assumptions underlying the theory of change for conservation enterprises.

The theory of change for conservation enterprises assumes that supporting the enabling conditions for conservation enterprises will lead to benefits for stakeholders that lead to changes in their attitudes and behavior, and contribute to a reduction in threats to biodiversity. The diagram below, called a results chain, depicts the theory of change. These key assumptions underlying the logic in this theory of change are represented by the arrows in the results chain below.

Using the theory of change for conservation enterprises, a literature review (available here) and consultations with this Collaborative Learning Group, an initial Learning Agenda was developed based on this theory of change and USAID's ongoing experience. The Learning Agenda will evolve based on the needs of the group. Click on the Contact button below to let us know your thoughts and questions you have about implementing conservation enterprises.

Conservation Enterprises Learning Agenda

Learning Questions Envisioned Learning Activities Proposed Learning Products Use/Value of Learning Products
1. Are enabling conditions in place to support a sustainable enterprise?
Group members share their experience and learn about best practices in building the enabling conditions for enterprise participation

To support this activity, MI will conduct a review of publications and synthesis of best practices on enabling conditions for enterprises

MI will also facilitate presentations for and discussions within the Learning Group based on the findings
Contributions to the online repository of lessons (posted on the wiki)

An annotated bibliography of the literature and a synthesis of best practices (posted on website)

Webinars, virtual peer assists, and/or in-person presentations or study tours for the Learning Group and others

Brief on enabling conditions for conservation enterprises

A checklist of considerations for conducting an assessment of enabling conditions for use in project design or start-up
The Learning Products will help USAID:

Identify the enabling conditions for enterprises at the needed scale and sustainability to achieve desired biodiversity conservation results

Prioritize investments in supporting the various enabling conditions for the enterprise
2. Does the enterprise lead to benefits for stakeholders?
Groups share their experience and learn about the evidence base to support key assumptions in the theory of change for conservation enterprises

To support this activity, MI will conduct a retrospective assessment of the effectiveness of an enterprise approach to biodiversity conservation (especially focused on questions 2 and 3) that includes conducting interviews and site visits with selected enterprise programs

MI will also facilitate presentations for and discussions within the Learning Group based on the findings

Based on the findings from the assessment, MI will develop a directory of resources for conservation enterprise design and implementation that encompasses situation analysis and definition of the theory of change.
Contributions to the online repository of lessons (posted on the wiki)

A report summarizing the purpose, methods, and findings from the retrospective assessment (posted on website)

A directory of resources for conservation enterprise design and implementation that encompasses situation analysis and definition of the theory of change

Case study vignettes of 2-3 of the conservation enterprise approaches that can be used to illustrate key points

Webinars and/or in-person presentations of the results to the Learning Group and others

Discussions via Google group emails and webinars
The Learning Products will help USAID determine:

If supporting conservation enterprises may be the most strategic approach to biodiversity conservation

What contribution a conservation enterprise approach can potentially make to achieving the desired reductions in threats to (or restoration of) biodiversity

How a conservation enterprise approach fits within the broader context of their conservation activity
3. Do the benefits realized by stakeholders lead to positive changes in attitudes and behaviors?
4. Do positive changes in stakeholders’ behaviors lead to a reduction in threats to biodiversity (or restoration)?
5. Does a reduction in threats (or restoration) lead to conservation?

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