SWG Successes Conserving at-risk fish and wildlife in Ohio Lake Erie Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon insularum) Status: Federally threatened and state endangered Project Description: Establish permanent conservation easements on priority habitats, conduct research, determine population status and educate the public to minimize human-induced mortality. Cost= $250,995 Outcome: Population increase to >8,000 (Recovery Plan Goal 5,555). Proposed for de-listing by FWS Partners: Ohio Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Black Swamp Conservancy—Lake Erie Island Chapter, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, Northern Illinois University, Ohio State University Stone Laboratory, Lake Erie Island private property owners
The Need for EM Improve Conservation Work –link measures & actions Improve Accountability to Administration & Congress –show success Maintain/Enhance Public Support –tell a story
Conservation Measures Partnership’s Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation Developed by leading organizations & agencies Draws on many fields Open source/common language Used around the world Great Lakes TNC Preserves Swedish National Parks Donor Funding Programs Academic Training CMP Open Standards
Bat Cave Results Chain i # breaches i # distinct cat tracks i # bats i # juveniles White Nose Pathogen
Work Group Charge Develop and test a measures framework for assessing the effectiveness of State and Tribal Wildlife Grants, conservation actions more broadly, and potentially Wildlife Action Plans themselves.
Work Group CONSERVATION PARTNERS Karl Hess (USFWS) Ron Essig (USFWS) Connie Young-Dubovsky (USFWS) Amielle DeWan (DOW) Tess Present (NAS) Shelley Green (TNC) Mary Klein (NatureServe) Mathew Birnbaum (NFWF) Terra Rentz (TWS) STATES Dana Baxley (KDFWR) Faith Balch (MNDNR) Tara Bergeson (WIDNR) Chris Burkett (VDGIF) Wendy Connally (TPWD) Jenny Dickson (CDEP) Mike Harris (GDNR) Eric Rickerson (ODFW) Tracey Tomajer (NYDEC) AFWA Mark Humpert Priya Nanjappa FOUNDATIONS OF SUCCESS Nick Salafsky Caroline Stem
Timeline Sept ’09-Working Group Formed Dec’09-Workshop 1 Jan’10-Subcommittees Formed Mar’10-Interim Report to TWW Committee Apr’10-Workshop 2 June’10-Pilot Testing July’10-Workshop 3 Sept’10-Phase I Report to TWW Committee Dec ‘10-Workshop 4 Jan ’11-SWAP Coordinators Review Mar ‘11-Final Report to TWW Committee Apr ‘11-Print Final Report/Implement
Framework Steps 1)Define Generic Conservation Actions 2)Use Results Chains to Describe the Theory of Change 3)ID a Limited set of Effectiveness Measures 4)Develop & Test Data Collection Questionnaires 5)Collect & Analyze Data & Adapt
11 Common Actions Conservation Area DesignationAcquisition/Easement/Lease Data Collection & AnalysisManagement Planning Direct Management of Natural Resources Species Restoration Create New Habitat/Natural Processes Training & Technical Assistance Outreach & EducationLand Use Planning Environmental Review 11 Common Conservation Actions Funded through SWG
Criteria for Measures 1)Linked - to key factors in results chain 2)Measurable - both qualitative & quantitative 3)Precise - defined the same by all 4)Consistent - unlikely to change over time 5)Sensitive - can measure change 6)Overarching - can be measured at diff. stages 7)Achievable - not onerous to collect
Info for One Actio n Definition of Action Examples “Generic” Results Chain
Species Restoration “Good” restoration plan completed Source population identified
Species Restoration Species initially restored to site (short-term) Species breeding at sites : o )
Obj SP RST 5 – Sp Initially Restored By specified target date, the target number of units* have been introduced to Area(s) YYYY. Obj SP RST 6a – Sp Breeding Within xx years of introduction, the restored population is successfully breeding within the restoration site(s). Obj SP RST 2 – “Good” Plan Before implementation work starts, a "good" restoration plan has been developed for the specific project site(s). "Good" = …
Species Restoration Ind SP RST 2 – Quality of Plan Presence of plan; assessment of plan against a priori quality criteria Ind SP RST 6 – Species Breeding Evidence of ongoing self reproduction of species within the site; Total units of species at the site
Info for One Action Definition of Action Examples “Generic” Results Chain
Crosswalk Table Result Objective Measures Questions
Questionaire Questionnaire This is all most folks would see for performance reporting purposes!!
Similar Projects Generating Similar Data Roll Up Measures Demonstrate That These are More Than “Counting” Projects % of projects that answered research questions % of projects where data reaching target audiences % of projects leading to other management actions
1.An approved framework 2.Measures for 11 common conservation actions 3.Wildlife TRACS as the IT System 4.Grant Streamlining 5.Next steps for SWAP Final Report Measuring the Effectiveness of State Wildlife Grants FINAL REPORT April 2011 www.fishwildlife.org/files/Effectiveness-Measures- Report_2011.pdf
“Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” -Peter Drucker Questions
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