Opportunities for improving the rigor of management effectiveness evaluations in protected areas

Cook, Carly N. and Hockings, Marc (2011) Opportunities for improving the rigor of management effectiveness evaluations in protected areas. Conservation Letters, 4 5: 372-382. doi:10.1111/j.1755-263X.2011.00189.x


Author Cook, Carly N.
Hockings, Marc
Title Opportunities for improving the rigor of management effectiveness evaluations in protected areas
Journal name Conservation Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1755-263X
Publication date 2011-10-01
Sub-type Letter to editor, brief commentary or brief communication
DOI 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2011.00189.x
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 4
Issue 5
Start page 372
End page 382
Total pages 11
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Management effectiveness evaluations are an increasingly common approach to measuring conservation outcomes within protected areas. While these evaluations have the potential to provide valuable data to guide management, the accuracy of evaluation data is not reported. We investigated how evaluation data are collected and used, the criticisms made of evaluation methods, and the processes employed to address criticisms or ensure accuracy. We found that most evaluation tools use qualitative indicators of management success and rely heavily on the knowledge of protected area managers. Criticisms of the evaluation methods have led to improvements to the data collection process, but the precision and accuracy of these data are almost never measured. We believe that measuring the accuracy of evaluation data will provide important opportunities to improve the rigor of future evaluations and build confidence in the use of these data for adapting protected area management.
Keyword Expert opinion
Evaluation
Management effectiveness
Protected areas
Subjective judgment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Letter to editor, brief commentary or brief communication
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Created: Wed, 21 Sep 2011, 19:10:33 EST by Ms Carly Cook on behalf of School of Biological Sciences