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Wrestling with the complexity of evaluation for organizations at the boundary of science, policy and practice

Published inConservation Biology, vol. 32, no. 5, p. 998-1006
Publication date2018
Abstract

Boundary organizations have been promoted as a measure to improve the effectiveness of conservation efforts by building stronger relationships between scientists, policy makers, industry and practitioners (Cook et al. 2013). While their promise has been discussed in theory, the work of and expectations for boundary organizations are less defined in practice. Biodiversity conservation is characterized by complexity, uncertainty, dissent and tight budgets, so boundary organizations face the challenging task of demonstrating their value to diverse stakeholders. This paper examines the challenges that boundary organizations face when seeking to evaluate their work. While no ‘off-the-shelf' solution is available for a given boundary organization, many lessons can be learned from the evaluation literature. This paper synthesizes key areas of decision making to underpin the choice of evaluation approaches.

Keywords
  • Evaluation
  • Boundary organisations
  • Science-policy
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Conservation strategy
  • Complexity
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PITT, R. et al. Wrestling with the complexity of evaluation for organizations at the boundary of science, policy and practice. In: Conservation Biology, 2018, vol. 32, n° 5, p. 998–1006. doi: 10.1111/cobi.13118
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