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Measuring Impact (MI)

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USAID Natural Resource Management and Development Portal
USAID Natural Resource Management and Development Portal
USAID Natural Resource Management and Development Portal

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

    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.

    How-To-Guide 1 Summary: Developing Situation Models in USAID Biodiversity Programming
    Nov 09, 2016 · File

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

    This is a summary of the How-To-Guide describing what a situation model 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…

    Stakeholder Engagement for Biodiversity Conservation Goals: Assessing the Status of the Evidence
    May 18, 2016 · File

    Stakeholder Engagement for Biodiversity Conservation Goals: Assessing the Status of the Evidence

    Learning how to communicate and work with different groups builds constituencies to support conservation aims. An analysis by USAID's research partner the American Museum…

    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…

    Research Questions and Methodologies  for a Biodiversity and Development Research Agenda
    Mar 04, 2016 · News Item

    Research Questions and Methodologies for a Biodiversity and Development Research Agenda

    by Portal Web Editor — Nov 08, 2017 11:29 AM

    Research tests key assumptions and development hypotheses to enhance the evidence base of USAID’s biodiversity and development programming. A research question is a refinement…

    Measuring Impact - Making Use of the Portfolio: Organizational Learning at USAID
    Feb 18, 2016 · File

    Measuring Impact - Making Use of the Portfolio: Organizational Learning at USAID

    This technical analysis explores previous and ongoing social learning efforts, best practices, challenges, and lessons in USAID as a foundation for improving the implementation…

    The Importance of Wild Fisheries For Local Food Security: Tanzania
    Nov 11, 2015 · File

    The Importance of Wild Fisheries For Local Food Security: Tanzania

    Fisheries are important to Tanzania’s economy, providing income, export revenues, and about 4 million jobs (about 35% of rural employment). Fish are also important…

    The Importance of Wild Fisheries For Local Food Security: Kenya
    Nov 11, 2015 · File

    The Importance of Wild Fisheries For Local Food Security: Kenya

    Kenya’s fisheries sector includes industrial and small-scale fishers, and produces fresh and processed fish for domestic and export markets. Yet, fisheries have experienced declines…

    The Importance of Wild Fisheries For Local Food Security: Malawi
    Nov 11, 2015 · File

    The Importance of Wild Fisheries For Local Food Security: Malawi

    Fish in Malawi are significant contributors to both global biodiversity and local food security. Fish provide an estimated 28% of the country’s animal protein…

    The Importance of Wild Fisheries For Local Food Security: Cambodia
    Nov 11, 2015 · File

    The Importance of Wild Fisheries For Local Food Security: Cambodia

    Cambodia’s wild fisheries are among the most diverse and productive in the world and provide employment, income, and food security for millions of people.…

    The Importance of Wild Fisheries For Local Food Security: Ghana
    Nov 11, 2015 · File

    The Importance of Wild Fisheries For Local Food Security: Ghana

    Fish is the primary source of animal protein and livelihood for most Ghanaians, particularly those residing along the coast. Yet, poor management, overexploitation, environmental…

    Summary of Indicators for Combating Wildlife Trafficking
    Nov 11, 2015 · File

    Summary of Indicators for Combating Wildlife Trafficking

    USAID's Measuring Impact conducted a survey and analysis of existing wildlife crime indicators to inform the development of USAID indicators and build the evidence…

    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…

    Framework for the Biodiversity Cross-Mission Learning Program
    Nov 06, 2015 · File

    Framework for the Biodiversity Cross-Mission Learning Program

    USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and the Environment/Office of Forestry and Biodiversity (E3/FAB) launched the five-year Measuring Impact program (MI) to help strengthen…

    The Importance of Wild Fisheries For Local Food Security: Bangladesh
    Nov 02, 2015 · File

    The Importance of Wild Fisheries For Local Food Security: Bangladesh

    The world’s largest flooded wetland, the Bengal Delta, and the three main river systems that flow from the Himalayas into the Bay of Bengal…

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