Environmental Incentives Senior Research Specialist Natalie Dubois co-authored a paper published today in the journal Conservation Science and Practice. For many years, researchers have been discussing what they can do (and are doing) differently to make research evidence more relevant and accessible to conservation policy and practice, but a significant gap between research and uptake into implementation persists. In their paper, “Bridging the research-implementation gap requires engagement from practitioners,” Dubois and colleagues from ICF and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) look at ways that practitioners can apply commonly used decision support tools to strengthen efforts to address this research-implementation gap. They illustrate five actions that practitioners can take, with examples of how evidence-based decision-making is being applied in biodiversity conservation programming at USAID.
This paper was produced through USAID’s Measuring Impact II (MI2) activity. Under MI2, Environmental Incentives and our partners help USAID thought leaders, mission staff, and Washington bureaus strengthen decision-making across USAID’s $265 million annual biodiversity portfolio. MI2 supports best practices in adaptive management and the use and generation of evidence and learning to enhance biodiversity conservation.