Measuring the accuracy of management effectiveness evaluations of protected areas

Cook, Carly N., Carter, R.W. (Bill) and Hockings, Marc (2014) Measuring the accuracy of management effectiveness evaluations of protected areas. Journal of Environmental Management, 139 164-171. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.02.023

Author Cook, Carly N.
Carter, R.W. (Bill)
Hockings, Marc
Title Measuring the accuracy of management effectiveness evaluations of protected areas
Journal name Journal of Environmental Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1095-8630
Publication date 2014-06-15
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.02.023
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 139
Start page 164
End page 171
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Evaluating the effectiveness of protected area management to help improve management outcomes is becoming an increasingly common practice. The evaluation tools developed and implemented in over 100 countries generally rely on the expert judgements of protected area managers. Despite the growing collection and use of management effectiveness evaluation data, there have been no previous attempts to measure the accuracy of these data. We measured the accuracy of managers' judgements about the conditions in their reserves by collecting independent field data. We also assessed how accurately the evaluation tool reflected managers' views by conducting semi-structured interviews with 23 protected area managers from New South Wales, Australia. We found that managers made highly accurate judgements of the extent of a common weed species, Rubus fruticosus (blackberry), but often misinterpreted the scope, scale and timeframe of the evaluation. These framing effects can lead to error being introduced into the evaluation dataset, affecting the precision of evaluations such that they cannot be reliably compared among reserves. We suggest that the wording of evaluation questions needs to be explicit about the assessment frame to minimize the influence of framing effects on management effectiveness evaluations.
Keyword Expert opinion
Environmental management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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