Measure What Truly Matters

The leaders stressed the importance of having measures to track progress toward overall goals and as indicators to guide adaptive management over time. Objective monitoring is a critical component of effective long-term resource management, though many projects operate for years with a monitoring plan that is incomplete or not fully implemented. Recognizing that community-based conservation is usually constrained by limited resources, leaders stressed that measures do not need to be overly complex. Simply identify and monitor the bare minimum to be able to know if something is working or not working.

I think one of the biggest successes of the Micronesia Challenge is the Measures Group. The Challenge has endured, in no small part because we focused really hard on the science, the measures. What is the bare minimum someone has to measure and know it’s working or not working? I don’t want all the bells and whistles. I want the most critical things measured that give us an answer.
— Trina Leberer, Pacific

Monitoring is another opportunity to strengthen a project by incorporating community priorities. As suggested earlier, focusing conservation efforts on a totem or aumakua species or a species that provides food and livelihoods can easily elicit greater community support, and ongoing monitoring of these types of species can be integrated into the daily lives of fishermen. There is extensive technical guidance available through the Open Standards to help teams define meaningful measures and create practical monitoring and evaluation plans.

  Enlist Key Decision-Makers

Enlist Key Decision-Makers

  Implement Effective Management

Implement Effective Management

  Measure What Truly Matters

Measure What Truly Matters

  Provide Practical Tools and Training

Provide Practical Tools and Training

  Accelerate Learning Through Peer Networks

Accelerate Learning Through Peer Networks

  Tai  lor Solutions to Scale

Tailor Solutions to Scale

  Invest in the Next Generation

Invest in the Next Generation