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Project Conservation Impact Summary Form
Zoos and aquariums supporting field conservation need to ensure that their investments in conservation are making a significant impact. Developed by Chester Zoo and WAZA, this form is based on the methodology outlined by the Zoo Measures Group .
The form is designed to provide an easy format for project coordinators to summarise project achievements and for these achievements to be evaluated for their conservation impact in a standardised manner.
Please click on the following link to download the Project Conservation Impact Summary Form (800 KB; select "save file").
The form has been designed to be sent by the funding body (e.g. zoo or aquarium) to the project coordinator. The project coordinator then fills in the relevant sections and returns the completed form to the funding body.
The funding body should then send the completed form out to be scored by one or more reviewers. The form has been designed so that the reviewer(s) can see the previous scores given by the project coordinator; however, if you wish the reviewer(s) to score blindly, the project coordinator's scores can be deleted using the "Admin Reset" button on the last page of the form.
The form automatically generates a conservation impact score for each type of project once it has been scored by the project coordinator and the reviewer(s). This score can be used by the funding body to benchmark projects against others of the same type and guide adaptive management, which requires the continual evaluation of the projects' success.
When and what to evaluate
Funding bodies should consider when best to evaluate a project; this will usually correspond to the period over which the objectives are expected to be achieved. A PhD study, for example, would best be evaluated when it is complete, rather than after one year when the project will still be in its infancy.
Funding bodies should also be clear on what is to be evaluated. Funding may have been provided for a new vehicle, for example, but a vehicle itself does not have a conservation impact; the wider project that it is a part of should best be evaluated. Conversely, for large and holistic projects, the component parts of the project may be sufficiently distinct to be better evaluated as separate project elements.
 Mace, G. M., Balmford, A., Leader-Williams, N., Manica, A., Walter, O., West, C. & Zimmermann, A. (2007) Measuring conservation success: assessing zoos' contribution. In: Zoos in the 21st Century: Catalysts for Conservation? (ed. by Zimmermann, A., Hatchwell, M., Dickie, L. A. & West, C.), pp. 322–342. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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