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Measuring Impact (MI)

USAID Natural Resource Management and Development Portal

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

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

    The Importance of Wild Fisheries For Local Food Security: Liberia

    Fish provide approximately 15% of the country’s animal protein supply. Per capita fish consumption in Liberia is among the lowest in the region. The…

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

    The Importance of Wild Fisheries For Local Food Security: Senegal

    The marine waters off Senegal are very productive, and the country has a high dependence on wild fish for food security and livelihoods. Fish…

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

    The Importance of Wild Fisheries For Local Food Security: Mozambique

    Mozambique’s government recognizes the importance of wild fisheries to the country’s food security, economic growth, poverty reduction, and gender equality. An estimated 334,000 people…

    US  Forest  Service  Participating  Agency  Program  Agreement  (PAPA) Evaluation Report
    Oct 30, 2015 · File

    US Forest Service Participating Agency Program Agreement (PAPA) Evaluation Report

    USAID/E3/Forestry and Biodiversity Office (E3/FAB) has engaged with the Measuring Impact project (MI) to evaluate the United States Forest Service (USFS) Participating Agency Program…

    Measuring Impact: Lessons Learned from the Forest, Climate and Communities Alliance
    Jul 22, 2015 · File

    Measuring Impact: Lessons Learned from the Forest, Climate and Communities Alliance

    MI is a five-year USAID project executed by the E3/FAB Office designed to improve the Agency’s practice of conservation by building USAID’s capacity to…

    Final Evaluation of the Sustainable Conservation Approaches in Priority Ecosystems Program (SCAPES)
    Jul 08, 2015 · File

    Final Evaluation of the Sustainable Conservation Approaches in Priority Ecosystems Program (SCAPES)

    This final evaluation of the Sustainable Conservation Approaches in Priority Ecosystems (SCAPES) program assesses conservation strategies used by four implementing partners to address priority…

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