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Conserv Biol. 2018 Oct;32(5):998-1006. doi: 10.1111/cobi.13118. Epub 2018 Aug 1.

Wrestling with the complexity of evaluation for organizations at the boundary of science, policy, and practice.

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1
University of Hawai'i Mānoa, 1960 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848, U.S.A.
2
Luc Hoffmann Institute, WWF International, 1196 Gland, Switzerland.
3
SustainaMetrix, 502 Deering Avenue, Portland, ME 04103, U.S.A.

Abstract

Boundary organizations are situated between science, policy, and practice and have a goal of supporting communication and collaboration among these sectors. They have been promoted as a way to improve the effectiveness of conservation efforts by building stronger relationships between scientists, policy makers, industry, and practitioners (Cook et al. 2013). Although their promise has been discussed in theory, the work of and expectations for boundary organizations are less defined in practice. Biodiversity conservation is characterized by complexity, uncertainty, dissent, and tight budgets, so boundary organizations face the challenging task of demonstrating their value to diverse stakeholders. We examined the challenges boundary organizations face when seeking to evaluate their work and thus aimed to encourage more productive conversations about evaluation of boundary organizations and their projects. Although no off-the-shelf solution is available for a given boundary organization, we identified 4 principles that will support effective evaluation for boundary organizations: engage diverse stakeholders, support learning and reflection, assess contribution to change, and align evaluation with assumption and values.

KEYWORDS:

aprendizaje; aprendizaje organizativo; boundary organization; credibilidad; credibility; evaluación; evaluation; interfaz de la práctica ciencia-política; learning; legitimacy; legitimidad; monitoreo; monitoring; organización de frontera; organizational learning; prominencia; salience; science-policy practice interface; 公信力; 合法性; 学习; 监控; 科学-政策实践交界; 突出性; 组织学习; 评估; 边界组织

PMID:
29660170
DOI:
10.1111/cobi.13118

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