Measuring Conservation Impact

FOS strives to foster learning within the conservation community. We took this to heart with our own work when we undertook the Measuring Conservation Impact study, starting in 2002. This study—based on a review of over 300 publications—documented the evolution of approaches to monitoring and evaluation in the fields of conservation, international development, public health, education and social services, and business. The study showed a trend toward project cycle management in which project design, management, monitoring, and learning were all part of a continuous cycle. The results of this work were a key resource informing the development of the Conservation Measures Partnership’s Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation. For more information, read this Conservation Biology article and the overall summary of study results.