By 2020, we envision rigorous scientific evidence on the impacts of conservation guiding policy, investment, and strategy within CI and across the conservation sector.

Evidence on the effectiveness of conservation policies and programs – what works and what does not – is necessary to inform decisions and to demonstrate progress towards CI’s mission, yet empirical data on the social and ecological impacts of conservation remain dispersed, inaccessible, and inconsistent. Strategic investment by CI in evidence synthesis and impact evaluation (assessment of intended and unintended effects caused by an intervention) is needed to identify and address knowledge gaps for contested and emerging interventions and, thus, to build a stronger evidence base for policy and practice. The Evidence and Evaluation Initiative will improve existing frameworks, methods, and tools for assessing program effects; generate and synthesize data on conservation outcomes; inform policy reforms; and guide strategic investment across the sector towards more efficient, effective and accountable conservation outcomes. Through these efforts, we will empower CI with the evidence to allocate resources to support interventions that are working, highlight those innovations whose promise is unknown, and adapt interventions not realizing their full potential.


Generate and synthesize scientific evidence on conservation impacts, in order to inform key policy initiatives and strategic decisions within CI and beyond.

Facilitate use of scientific evidence from impact evaluations within design and implementation of CI strategies and efforts by key partners

Enhance knowledge, skills and abilities of all CI technical directors and project managers in monitoring and evaluation theory, concepts, methods and tools.

Sustain and strengthen CI’s internal capacity to engage in impact evaluation, evidence synthesis, technical assistance, and capacity-building.



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