Pay for Performance

Pay for Performance Guide for California Agencies

  November 21, 2019

The Pay for Performance Guide for Conservation Buyers describes how state agencies... Read more » Continue Reading

Evidence in Action

Evidence in Action, Unit 4: Building the Evidence Base

  June 6, 2018

Evidence in Action, Unit 4: Building the Evidence Base highlights ways in… Read more »

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Evidence in Action

Evidence in Action, Unit 3: Generating Evidence


Evidence in Action Unit 3: Generating Evidence identifies Program Cycle processes that… Read more »

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Evidence in Action

Evidence in Action, Unit 2: Using Evidence


Evidence in Action, Unit 2:Using Evidence focuses on the critical review and… Read more »

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Pay for Performance Contracts for Stormwater Management

  May 10, 2017

The technical memo describes approaches to using pay for performance contract mechanisms in stormwater management to link payment to the delivery of verified pollutant load reductions. Payments can create financial incentives to implement cost effective projects that reduce runoff and create opportunities for investors to finance stormwater projects.

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Pay for Performance strategies for Western States

Pay for Performance Strategies for Western States

  January 5, 2017

This technical memo defines multiple pay for success strategies that can be used to leverage public and private funds to achieve verified environmental outcomes. We also define the context in which each strategy is most likely to succeed at creating effective incentives to drive investment and performance.

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Making Use of the Portfolio: Organizational Learning at USAID

  August 25, 2016

This technical analysis explores previous and ongoing social learning efforts, best practices, challenges, and lessons in USAID as a foundation for improving the implementation and design of the Agency’s forestry and biodiversity programs. This analysis is particularly relevant as USAID begins to develop a Biodiversity Cross-Mission Learning Program under the Measuring Impact project. The findings reported in this document can help inform the overall design and structure of the Learning Program and provide insight into possible challenges and best practices.

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Rewards and Risks Associated With Community Engagement in Anti-Poaching and Anti-Trafficking


This Biodiversity Technical Brief summarizes research on the roles communities do and should play in countering wildlife crime, motivations, and benefits for individuals and communities to engage in anti-poaching and anti-trafficking efforts, and risks and mitigation of risks associated with involvement. Peer-reviewed and grey literature, structured interviews, and case studies informed the research, with highlights from six case studies in Peru, Madagascar, Namibia, Philippines, Kenya, and Indonesia.

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Stakeholder engagement for biodiversity Conservation goals

Stakeholder Engagement for Biodiversity Conservation Goals: Assessing the Status of the Evidence


Learning how to communicate and work with different groups builds constituencies to support conservation aims. This publication is an analysis of the evaluation of 148 references, selected through a rigorous systematic review process, to identify key lessons for stakeholder engagement. The report outlines key findings, including critical factors for both externally driven processes and self-organized stakeholder actions. This short brief and a longer research paper were deliverables of the Measuring Impact Project.

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Fishing for food security

Fishing for Food Security: Importance of Wild Fisheries for Food Security and Nutrition


USAID’s Fisheries Briefing Book explores the role of fisheries in global development, showcases case studies of USAID fisheries programs, and addresses the importance of fisheries in nine Feed the Future countries – Cambodia, Senegal, Malawi, Kenya, Ghana, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Liberia. The Briefing Book is a key deliverable of USAID’s Food Security Integration Working Group. It was also a deliverable of the Measuring Impact project.

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Measuring Efforts to Combat Wildlife Crime

Measuring Efforts to Combat Wildlife Crime: A Toolkit for Improving Action and Accountability


Developed for any organization concerned with poaching and illegal wildlife trade, USAID’s Combating Wildlife Crime toolkit recommends indicators for monitoring progress and effectiveness of 10 major strategic approaches for combating wildlife crime. A situation model and theory of change diagrams are included, both as tools used to identify where monitoring is needed most, and as useful resources for host government, implementing partners and donors engaged in program design and proposal review. This Toolkit is a deliverable of the Measuring Impact project.

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Lake Tahoe TMDL program

Lake Tahoe TMDL Management System Handbook

  August 24, 2016

Describes the adaptive management system implemented by the Lahontan Water Board and NDEP to guide successful implementation of the Lake Tahoe TMDL Program.

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Conservation Credit System User's Guide

Nevada Conservation Credit System User’s Guide v1.1


The User’s Guide describes the detailed steps necessary to calculate credits and credit obligations for credit and debit sites, respectively, for the Nevada Conservation Credit System.

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Pilot Project: Nevada Conservation Credit System

Nevada Conservation Credit System – Pilot Project


A family owned and operated ranch in northeast Nevada volunteered to the State of Nevada’s Sagebrush Ecosystem Program (SEP) the use of a planned habitat enhancement project as a pilot test for the Nevada Conservation Credit System. This 2-Pager describes their experience.

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Central Valley Habitat Exchange

Central Valley Habitat Exchange Factsheet


Get a better understanding of how the Central Valley Habitat Exchange will operate and who it will benefit. This 2-page handout provides helpful details about the Exchange and resources to learn more.

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