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1 Effectiveness Framework State Wildlife Grant Projects Mark Humpert, Assoc. of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Nick Salafsky, Foundations of Success

2 State Wildlife Grants Millions of $’s Fiscal Year

3 Wildlife Action Plans

4 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

5 Outputs vs Impacts

6 Two Questions Status ? Effectiveness ?

7 The Need for EM Improve Conservation Work –link measures & actions Improve Accountability to Administration & Congress –show success Maintain/Enhance Public Support –tell a story

8 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

9 Adaptive Mgmt

10 Bat Cave Results Chain


12 i # breaches i # distinct cat tracks i # bats i # juveniles

13 Plover Results Chain i # breaches i # disturbed nests # juveniles i # eggs i

14 Generic Results Chain

15 Mockup of Report

16 Bat Cave Results Chain i # breaches i # distinct cat tracks i # bats i # juveniles White Nose Pathogen

17 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.

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 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

23 Info for One Actio n Definition of Action Examples “Generic” Results Chain

24 Species Restoration “Good” restoration plan completed Source population identified

25 Species Restoration Species initially restored to site (short-term) Species breeding at sites : o )

26 Species Restoration No breeding at sites : o (

27 Species Restoration “Good” overall restoration plan for species Key stakeholders buy into plan

28 Species Restoration

29 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" = …

30 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

31 Species Restoration

32 Info for One Action Definition of Action Examples “Generic” Results Chain

33 Crosswalk Table Result Objective Measures Questions

34 Questionaire Questionnaire This is all most folks would see for performance reporting purposes!!

35 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

36 Report

37 IT Systems ConPro Conservation Registry HabITS Miradi Wildlife TRACS Biotics 4 DataBasin NatureServe Explorer Web Service

38 Wildlife TRACS

39 Using OS to Evaluate Wildlife Action Plans

40 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 Report_2011.pdf

41 “Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” -Peter Drucker Questions

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