PARTNERS Monitoring and Evaluation
An on-line resource for practitioners
About this module
Monitoring and Evaluation is a critical part of community conservation programs. It is necessary to identify and address any implementation challenges. It can also ensure that conservation programs are improved as required in response to changing threats and opportunities at the local level.
This module focuses on introducing participants to participatory approaches in monitoring and evaluation of community conservation programs. It covers core terms, principles and approaches to M&E that are important foundations of conservation program planning and implementation. How can M&E be incorporated into conservation programs in a way that supports community ownership and engagement?
We draw on a set of principles and guidelines for community-based conservation, called the ‘PARTNERS principles’, which have been developed based on the extensive experience of snow leopard conservation practitioners. The team showcase participatory techniques for M&E from snow leopard and wider landscapes across the world. These sessions will build on Module 3 and Module 7 offered in 2020. An optional session will include a “workshop” style approach where the team works through planning a monitoring or evaluation method for real world examples from the snow leopard range.
This module is offered thanks to the partnership with France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Snow Leopard Trust, the Nature Conservation Foundation and CSIRO Land & Water.
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Meet the Resource Team
Ajay Bijoor supports conservation efforts in the regions of Ladakh and Spiti valley in India. Over the last eight years, he has worked on setting up, running and monitoring community-conservation efforts in these regions. This effort aims at trying to create conditions conducive for conservation. More recently he has also been facilitating the process of building capacity for community-based conservation in snow leopard range countries.
James Butler is currently running a program entitled ‘Knowledge brokering for Pacific climate futures’, which is designing participatory approaches to encourage the emergence of knowledge brokers, and then mechanisms to support them. Previously James has worked in resource conflict situations in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Zimbabwe and Scotland.
Juliette Young is a senior researcher at INRAE (France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment) where she studies the human dimensions of biodiversity conservation. Much of her work focuses on the role of different actors, especially decision-makers and local communities, in the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity. She has been working with the Snow Leopard Trust since 2016 on training in community-based conservation.
Justine Shanti Alexander is the Executive Director of the Snow Leopard Network. She provides support to the evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of community conservation initiatives to partners across the snow leopard range. Justine also acts as the Regional Ecologist for the Snow Leopard Trust and supports research and conservation work across China, Mongolia, Pakistan, India and Pakistan.
“This was a really good course for those who find monitoring and evaluation
challenging, or want a refresher.
I was really interested in learning more about participatory monitoring and evaluation approaches, and there were some helpful insights and examples that were shared with this. Really well facilitated too.”
“I am currently working with my team at TNC Mongolia on an assessment of snow leopard
populations in three protected areas in western Mongolia.
This course was important to our work because it allowed us to gain a better understanding of snow leopard conservation monitoring and assessments. I believe this course will assist
scientists and environmentalists in monitoring and evaluating snow leopard conservation