New publications: UKES presentations/posters

LTS was invited to make four presentations and a poster at this year’s UK Evaluation Society confernece on “use and usability of evaluation” 10/11 May, which we also sponsored. The LTS poster won the “best poster” award.

The event and the presentations went well and we have been asked to present papers for the conference edition of the UKES newsletter.

Please click on the links below to access the presentations and poster.

Presentation 1: ECRP learning processes: engagement, learning activities, influence.

Presentation 2: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning at Multiple Levels, 25 Years of the Darwin Initiative.

Presentation 3: Climate adaptation and resilience impact assessments: Identifying ways to improve usefulness and feasibility.

Presentation 4: Evaluation of the Congo Basin Forest Fund.

Poster: By building capacity for M&E in biodiversity are we building up conservation optimism?

Evaluation of the Conservation and Sustainable Development Program

MacArthur foundation has been implementing the Conservation and Development Strategy 2011-2020 Strategic Framework. They have supported 210 grants totalling $ 70,387,350 in the Mekong, Tropical Andes, Great Lakes region of East and Central Africa. There has also been emphasis of two global drivers of ecosystem decline namely: understanding China’s natural resource use and consumption patterns and the expansion of industrial scale agriculture. In addition emphasis has been on coastal marine management.
The purpose of the evaluation is to understand: 1) the efficacy of the program’s approach and its outcomes and impact to date; 2) the relevance of the program and its priorities with respect to the problem of global biodiversity loss and the potential for philanthropy to catalyse effective solutions; and 3) the contribution of the program to climate change mitigation and ways to increase its impact.

The evaluation is an opportunity to learn and adjust for the Foundation so that they know how to adjust their strategy and grant making to maximize impact this will be done through:

  • Assessing the efficacy outcomes and impact of the strategic framework to date
  • Assessing the impact of the strategic framework to date and future impacts
  • Assessing the relevance of the strategic framework and identifying course correction to increase future impacts
  • Assessing the contribution of the strategic framework to climate change mitigation and adaptation to increase impact

LTS has employed a theory based evaluation strategy based on a theory of change.