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Measuring Impact is a five-year contract (2012-2017), managed by the USAID Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and the Environment/Office of Forestry and Biodiversity (E3/FAB) and implemented by Environmental Incentives, Foundations of Success, and ICF International.

Biodiversity conservation and natural resources management are integral to expanding the reach of human prosperity and connecting the world’s most vulnerable populations to resources that support them. USAID policy, including the Biodiversity Policy, calls for more strategic, evidence-based, and effective programs. Measuring Impact helps USAID operating units meet this call by providing technical assistance in the use of rigorous and well-informed situation analyses, clearly defined theories of change, and results-based performance indicators as they implement biodiversity conservation programming framed by the Program Cycle. Consistent with USAID Forward reforms and the Agency’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting approach, these strategies allow the Agency to improve outcomes through learning and articulate how conservation supports good development outcomes across all sectors.

Measuring Impact Approach

Measuring Impact provides 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

 

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
FEATURED RESOURCES:

 

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
FEATURED RESOURCES:

 

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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Measuring Impact (MI) Project Resources

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.

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…

 
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