California Poppies ​| Credit: Brian Gratwicke

Evaluation Reports

Third-Party Program Evaluations

Since 2003, NFWF has commissioned third party experts to conduct in-depth evaluations of our Conservation Programs. The external evaluators assess the program’s design, implementation, and/or effectiveness in achieving desired outcomes, and recommend any changes necessary for ensuring future success.

Internal Program Assessments

On a periodic basis, NFWF conducts internal rapid assessments to gauge interim progress on our Conservation Programs so that we can learn what’s working and what isn’t, and adaptive as needed.

For the assessment, NFWF’s Evaluation Officer reviews grant project proposals and reports, interviews NFWF staff, grantees and key partners, examines available results, and compares data collected from these sources against the goals identified in the program's business plan.

Conservation Programs are assessed using the following six criteria:

  1. Quality of Initiative Business Plan Design: Extent to which the initiative business plan has been appropriately designed to achieve and track progress towards identified conservation goals.

  2. Implementation Process: Extent to which initiative funding and conservation strategies are being implemented as outlined in the business plan.

  3. Conservation Progress: Extent to which the initiative’s intended outcomes as outlined in business plan have been achieved through implementation of the initiative’s key strategies.

  4. Broader Impacts: Extent to which the initiative is resulting in broader impacts beyond the conservation outcomes specifically identified in the business plan.

  5. Long-Term Sustainability: Extent to which initiative benefits are likely to continue after NFWF support has ended.

  6. Adaptive Program Management: Description of lessons learned, links to findings from other NFWF assessments, and recommendations.


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