Environmental Incentives
Environmental Incentives


improving environment and development outcomes around the world

Our Approach

Despite millions of dollars invested in international development and environment programming each year, many projects are not realizing their intended effects. In many cases, the vast pool of expertise, insights, and lessons learned are not fully leveraged to improve conservation effectiveness around the world. As a result, the international community is calling for more results-based management and accountability and a system to support learning and processes for adaptive management. Environmental Incentives works with international partners and governments to implement a performance-driven approach that makes investments in the environment and development more effective.

USAID Conservation Enterprise Retrospective team with the Asian Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresrouces (ANSAB) discussing the Theory of Change for sites in Nepal related to ANSAB's work. Photo by Jason Houston for USAID

Innovative Design

Our innovative approach to program design emphasizes the development of monitoring, evaluation, and learning plans. We work closely with stakeholders throughout the program design process, facilitating engagement and catering solutions that work for our clients.

Ecotourism at the Subterranean River, a coastal cave with kilometers of navigable water that is recognized as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, provides an economic alternative to traditional forest livelihoods. Sabong Beach, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. Photo by Jason Houston for USAID

Measuring Results

Charting progress toward clearly defined goals is a cornerstone of effective biodiversity and development programming. We deliver customizable tools to help institutions define indicators of success, measure targets, and better understand progress. This drives program effectiveness and allows institutions to allocate resources more efficiently.

Sustainable services remain a daunting challenge in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector. USAID’s Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership is testing new ideas, approaches, and tools to overcome barriers for improving WASH service sustainability.

Systematic Learning and Adapting

Throughout program implementation, information, data, and knowledge are generated. We work with development organizations, national and local government staff, service providers, and researchers to develop systematic approaches to collect and learn from this data. This enables programs to adapt to changing circumstances.

Featured Projects

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USAID Program Cycle Mechanism

PCM supports the efforts of USAID's Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning (PPL) to cohesively implement the Program Cycle and encourage adaptive management across the Agency and its... Read more

USAID Measuring Impact II

Measuring Impact II (MI2) will support USAID thought leaders, mission staff, and Washington bureaus to apply evidence-based adaptive management across USAID’s $265 million annual biodiversity... Read more

USAID Sharing Environment and Energy Knowledge

Sharing Environment and Energy Knowledge (SEEK) aims to strengthen USAID’s capacity for greater efficiency, learning, and adaptive... Read more

Who We Work With

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Talk to Our Experts

Liz Lauck
Partner, Chief of Party/Measuring Impact II

Tess Present, Ph.D.
Senior Associate

Shelly Hicks
Adaptive Management Specialist Team Lead/ Measuring Impact II

Kathleen Flower, Ph.D.
Evidence and Learning Team Lead/ Measuring Impact II