Results and analysis of impact

Periodically evaluating change in impact indicators can reveal whether the Action Plan and Strategy are having the desired effect, and highlight synergies and trade-offs of different interventions. Impact assessment starts with agreement on the set of target indicators (adapted from Element 3.2) to be evaluated. To inform a multi-stakeholder ILM strategy, these need to include indicators related to production and the economy, healthy nature, human well-being and inspiration for collective action. Then decisions need to be made about methods that will be used to assess each of them, as well as who will be responsible for collection and then analysis.

Quantitative measures can be used for indicators with relevant data easily available or regularly collected by organizations working in the landscape. Qualitative measures–based on key informants, focus groups, or surveys of stakeholder perception–may be used to estimate indicators for which there is little quantitative information or it is too expensive to collect. The LP may decide that certain impact measures are so important for guiding or sustaining collective action that they need to set up their own measurement system.

Once the target indicator measures are agreed, baseline assessments can be conducted. These can be repeated at regular intervals, roughly 3-5 years to allow time for interventions to generate results. Some ecological or market development indicators may need much longer time lags.

Reports on the impact results are most valuable to stakeholders when data are synthesized and shared in simply structured spatial and visual formats. As impact measurements are produced, these can be reported in a simple structured format, such as tables, maps, simple graphs, or photographic or satellite records, against an initial baseline or historic data. Combining these measures with the action plan tracker (4.1) can provide a rich picture of change dynamics.

The challenge is to analyze the results across all the landscape values, and to interpret the results. A rich way of doing so is to convene the LP members and knowledgeable allies to review the results in small groups and then as a full group. The results can then be synthesized into a report, together with the LP stakeholder interpretation.

Results and analysis of impact

Results and analysis of impact Tools

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4 Returns Monitoring in Practice: A Guidebook

  • Communication
  • Guide
  • Template

This guide (also mentioned in output 5.2) teaches practitioners the basics of monitoring and reporting on long-term 4 Returns (inspiration, social capital, natural capital, and financial capital) impacts in holistic landscape restoration. By reading this guide, you will get the basic information you need to set up your monitoring systems, structures and processes for 4 Returns landscape restoration.

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A Landscape Perspective on Monitoring & Evaluation for Sustainable Land Management: A Trainer's Manual

  • Guide

This manual contains guidance and resources to assist trainers of adult sustainable land management professionals to organize and conduct effective courses on monitoring and evaluation from an integrated landscape management perspective. It is organized into units and modules that enable the training team to select content they consider most relevant to the programs, training needs and learning objectives they seek to address in conducting a course on monitoring and evaluation in sustainable land management.

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Forland

  • Analytical
  • Communication
  • Mapping

Forland (also mentioned in output 2.1) is a set of map-based technologies including mapping, restoration scenarios, support planning, field data integration, alert system and reporting and monitoring. It assists landscapes in testing the impact of potential landscape scenarios, selecting the best scenarios for the landscape and evaluating and sharing progress with partners.

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LandScale

  • Analytical
  • Communication
  • Website

LandScale is a system for assessment and communication of landscape sustainability performance created for landscape partnerships, investors, project developers, government and sustainable business. It allows LPs to customize a ready-to-use framework tailored to their unique monitoring and reporting needs to help them make better landscape management, investment, sourcing and communication decisions.

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Landscape Assessment Framework: Concept and Guidelines

  • Guide

The Landscape Assessment Framework is a structure for measuring, monitoring and communicating the sustainability of a landscape based on existing metrics and datasets.

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Spatial Planning and Monitoring of Landscape Interventions: Maps to Link People with Their Landscapes

  • Guide
  • Mapping

This guide (also mentioned in output 2.1) is designed to stimulate the use of maps in cross-sectoral collaborations to locate, design and monitor interventions in rural landscapes. The guide aims to provide users and other practitioners engaged in the management of landscapes with a knowledge product that will help convene multiple stakeholders for the coordinated planning and monitoring of investments that lead to sustainable benefits.

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Understanding EcoAgriculture: A Framework for Measuring Landscape Performance

  • Co-design

This framework provides an approach to measuring the performance of entire landscapes with respect to the goals of ecoagriculture.

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