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Constructing Conservation Impact: Understanding Monitoring and Evaluation in Conservation NGOs

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dc.contributor.author Wahlén, Catherine Benson
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-30T18:05:27Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-30T18:05:27Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9429
dc.description.abstract "A growing number of scholars critically examine large conservation organisations to explore organisational intentions, practices, and outcomes. In parallel, other scholars have problematised audit cultures, suggesting that these seemingly good practices of evaluation and measurement are not neutral and instead have consequences for governance and power. This article combines literature on conservation NGOs, organisational theory, and audit culture to study the inner workings of conservation and to understand the construction of effectiveness and impact. I draw on semi-structured interviews to examine how a large, international conservation organisation, which I term the World Conservation Organisation (WCO; a pseudonym), coordinates monitoring and evaluation (M&E) processes among its international, national, and local offices. I find individual staff within WCO make varying assumptions about the M&E policies and place different values on M&E, which results in different institutional logics towards M&E and a broader organisational failure to measure progress and reflect upon outcomes. The findings also show difficulties in translating broad organisational goals into specific project activities, underscoring tensions in implementation and limitations in M&E practice. I also find that organisational and managerial pressure to report success is greater than donor pressure, a finding that expands understandings of NGO-donor dynamics." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject biodiversity en_US
dc.subject conservation en_US
dc.subject NGOs en_US
dc.subject organizations en_US
dc.subject resource management en_US
dc.title Constructing Conservation Impact: Understanding Monitoring and Evaluation in Conservation NGOs en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Theory en_US
dc.coverage.region East Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country Papua New Guinea en_US
dc.subject.sector Theory en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Conservation & Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 12 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 77-88 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US

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