Monthly Archives: February 2019

FOS M&E How-To Guide now available!

Conservation projects tend to have limited resources and need to choose M&E designs that match those resources and that help them make good management decisions. This new guidance document provides a basic overview of M&E to clarify some common areas of confusion and misuse of terminology and to distill the basic components of M&E design into a series of simple concepts. This guide should help you understand key decisions you need to make and how those decisions may influence your ability to draw conclusions from your M&E efforts.

Download the guide here and start improving your M&E efforts today.

Researchers Allen Enokenwa and Peter Njumbe tracking data on chimpanzee nests in Southwest Cameroon.

This guide is one in a series of how-to guides designed to help conservation practitioners using the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation develop and operationalize their strategic plans. These guides are sta

nd-alone documents, but practitioners will get the most value out of them when they use them together to support the broader process of moving from planning (Step 2) to implementation (Step 3).

The current list of guides (available at includes:

  • Conceptualizing and Planning Conservation Projects and Programs (manual for implementing Steps 1 and 2 of the Open Standards)
  • Conceptual Models: An FOS How-To Guide
  • Results Chains: An FOS How-To Guide
  • Designing Monitoring and Evaluation Approaches for Learning: An FOS How-To Guide (this guide)
  • Developing High-Level Work Plans and Budgets: An FOS How-To Guide

FOS staff will continue to develop guides and other training materials for various steps across the Open Standards cycle. As the guides are published, they will be available on the FOS website and the Open Standards website (along with a peer-reviewed rating). The Open Standards website also contains implementation and operationalization guidance from other organizations, with Bush Heritage Australia providing numerous documents and examples based on their own experiences.

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MAVA Foundation Guest Blog

Excerpt from “The OAP-approach: the quest for impact at scale”

Read the full blog on our partner’s page: MAVA Foundation Blog
The FOS Europe Team (2018), (from left to right) Vladimir Milushev, Nico Boenisch, Daniela Aschenbrenner and Ilke Tilders
The FOS Europe Team (2018), (from left to right) Vladimir Milushev, Nico Boenisch, Daniela Aschenbrenner and Ilke Tilders

For us at FOS Europe, it has been a wonderful and enriching experience to be part of this transformation process. Our role is to provide support in the realm of adaptive management, using the CMP Open Standards. We work hard to build the capacity, processes and tools needed by partners to adaptively plan, measure, and improve their OAPs, making them more responsive to contextual changes and more effective in their response. One of the core challenges in this process has been to get discussions focused on that nasty question that keeps us awake at night; the question of impact. A nasty question indeed,  because achieving real change is often hard and painfully slow (see also Julien Semelin’s blog: The question of our impact in 2022). Given that the conservation work is top urgent, we can’t afford to not discuss the effectiveness of our work. We have to understand whether, for example, our awareness-raising campaign is leading to behavioural change. Or if the research in which we have invested is actually leading to better management, changing the way in which natural resources are used. What if we are wrong? What if the change is not happening?

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By Ilke Tilders,  FOS


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