Effective monitoring and evaluation, as well as driving policy change based on our results, helps ensure that our programs make a lasting difference.
Our Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, and Adaptation (MELA) team members are more than just data wizards. They are social science sleuths digging deep to understand the real impact of our work with local communities and tech-forward biologists aggregating information about human-wildlife conflict and critical habitat to drive decision-making across our conservation landscapes.
Driven By Science To Uncover Impact
2022 was a baseline year for a human wellbeing survey in the Greater Lake Natron landscape. We recruited 20 enumerators from local communities, trained them on survey protocols, and used a mobile app to gather data. The survey will be conducted annually for the duration of the project, helping us track trends in human wellbeing and community outcomes. The team has also deployed the Site-level Assessment of Governance and Equity (SAGE) Tool, a multi-day workshop where community members assess the extent to which their local authorities uphold governance, civil liberties, and equity principles. We held SAGE workshops with nearly 100 people in last year and will repeat them annually to measure change.
Mobile Technologies Improve Performance
Our field teams across northern Tanzania utilize mobile technologies like Cybertracker, the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART), Survey123, and Collector for ArcGIS to collect and share real-time data to a cloud-based server.
The Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, and Adaptation team then uses the ArcGIS platform to clean, analyze, and share the data, allowing us to respond to conflict, measure trends over time, and adapt our programs to changing conditions on the ground.
Going Big on Data Collection
What does it take to power programs in new landscapes? The MELA team recently prepared for a new influx of data from new programs in and around the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
We're able to build on considerable experience monitoring human-wildlife conflict in other landscapes in addition to collaborating with partners across Africa to design crop raiding data collection tools. Using a suite of Esri products, we’re already collecting elephant data in real-time to identify places where conflict can escalate.
Common Ground for Conservation Technology
With the support of the Lion Recovery Fund and additional partners, APW established two Conservation Technology Centers (CTCs) in the Tarangire-Manyara landscape and has plans to open them in new areas, too. Fully equipped with internet, utilities, furniture, and large format monitors for data visualization, CTCs serve as forums to facilitate community and village government discussions on environmental issues.
Thanks to Esri technology, data collected by Warriors for Wildlife and community rangeland monitors can be viewed as ArcGIS Dashboards and discussed among village grazing committees, pastoralists, and protected area managers – providing a platform for evidence-based land management.
We are proud to see Community Technology Centers serving as meeting places where leadership and pastoralists come together to discuss challenges and create action plans for conflict mitigation, climate change adaptation, and other environmental issues. Even without staff present, the CTCs strengthen relationships between communities and government.
Elizabeth Naro, Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning & Adaptation
Our Holistic Approach
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We envision a world where Africa’s people and wildlife coexist and thrive in vibrant, healthy landscapes.