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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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    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

  • Measuring Impact (MI) Project Resources

    Guía Práctica De Biodiversidad 3: Resumen
    Jul 31, 2019 · File

    Guía Práctica De Biodiversidad 3: Resumen

    Este es un resumen de la Guía Practica 3 que describe la manera en que los equipos de diseño de programas pueden utilizar las…

    Guía Práctica De Biodiversidad 2: Resumen
    Jul 30, 2019 · File

    Guía Práctica De Biodiversidad 2: Resumen

    Este es un resumen de la Guía Practica 2 que describe la herramienta de cadena de resultados, cómo crear cadenas de resultados y los…

    Guía Práctica De Biodiversidad 1: Resumen
    Jul 30, 2019 · File

    Guía Práctica De Biodiversidad 1: Resumen

    Este es un resumen de la Guía Practica 1 que describe que es un modelo de situación y cómo construirlo.

    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…

    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…

    Start-Up Guidance for USAID Biodiversity Activities: Process Overview
    Jul 25, 2018 · File

    Start-Up Guidance for USAID Biodiversity Activities: Process Overview

    Start-Up Guidance for USAID Biodiversity Activities: Process Overview describes the main steps to initiate a new biodiversity or integrated activity, including a theory of…

    Tips for USAID Biodiversity Activity Start-Up (Steps 3-5)
    Jul 25, 2018 · File

    Tips for USAID Biodiversity Activity Start-Up (Steps 3-5)

    Tips for USAID Biodiversity Activity Start-Up (Steps 3-5) provides recommendations for developing theory of change-based activity work plans and monitoring, evaluation, and learning plans…

    Supplemental Guide  3: Prioritizing and Selecting Strategic Approaches in USAID Biodiversity Programming
    Jun 07, 2018 · File

    Supplemental Guide 3: Prioritizing and Selecting Strategic Approaches in USAID Biodiversity Programming

    This guide supplements Biodiversity How-To Guide 2: Using Results Chains to Depict Theories of Change in USAID Biodiversity Programming. Step 4, Brainstorming Strategic Approaches,…

    Threat Rating Worksheet
    Jan 29, 2018 · News Item

    Threat Rating Worksheet

    by FRAME Administrator — Feb 27, 2018 12:53 PM

    When designing biodiversity and integrated biodiversity conservation programs, threat identification and ranking is an essential step as it helps biodiversity program design teams decide…

    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…

    Supplemental Guide 2: Rating Direct Threats in USAID Biodiversity Programming
    Aug 01, 2017 · File

    Supplemental Guide 2: Rating Direct Threats in USAID Biodiversity Programming

    Biodiversity Programming Supplemental Guide 2: Rating Direct Threats in USAID Biodiversity Programming focuses on the step of threat analysis in biodiversity conservation planning. This…

    Supplemental Guide 1: Defining Scope and Biodiversity Focal Interests in USAID Biodiversity Programming
    Aug 01, 2017 · File

    Supplemental Guide 1: Defining Scope and Biodiversity Focal Interests in USAID Biodiversity Programming

    Biodiversity Supplemental Guide 1: Defining Scope and Biodiversity Focal Interests in USAID Biodiversity Programming focuses on two of the most important initial steps of…

    Incorporating Geospatial Analysis into USAID Biodiversity Program Design
    Jul 06, 2017 · File

    Incorporating Geospatial Analysis into USAID Biodiversity Program Design

    Incorporating Geospatial Analysis into USAID Biodiversity Program Design is a biodiversity case example that describes the use of geospatial data and analysis for program…

    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”…

    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.

     
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