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Measuring Efforts to Combat Wildlife Crime

by Gateway Web Editor last modified Apr 12, 2019 11:18 AM
New resources to improve how Combating Wildlife Trafficking programs are designed, selected, monitored and evaluated are enhancing USAID’s work and being made available for the wider public through this site.

With USAID's Office of Forestry and Biodiversity, Measuring Impact developed Measuring Efforts to Combat Wildlife Crime: A Toolkit for Action and Accountability (Combat Wildlife Crime Toolkit), for government agencies, conservation organizations and donors involved in designing wildlife crime interventions and monitoring their effectiveness. The Combat Wildlife Crime Toolkit includes ten strategic approaches for combating wildlife crime, elaborates theories of change for each, and proposes indicators for the key results expected.

The theories of change are intended to help users rapidly craft, or review the validity of, site-specific actions to counter poaching and wildlife trafficking. Likewise, recommended indicators should be customized to fit a specific action, to measure achievement of key results and test assumptions in the theory of change.

To improve consistency and accuracy of monitoring within and across programs, USAID developed generalized Performance Indicator Reference Sheets (PIRS) that document the definition, purpose, and collection methodology of a subset of indicators recommended for key strategic approaches applied by Agency partners. Each PIRS must be tailored to fit the indicators customized by toolkit users. PIRS are required for indicators used to report on USAID-supported activities, but are useful for any donor or project implementer.

The Combat Wildlife Crime Toolkit was also informed by a Summary of Indicators for Combating Wildlife Trafficking currently in use or recommended by experts, and may also be useful users of the toolkit.


Resources

Measuring Efforts to Combat Wildlife Crime: A Toolkit for Action and Accountability
Performance Indicator Reference Sheets: Combating Wildlife Crime
Summary of Indicators for Combating Wildlife Trafficking

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