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 assessments of our Conservation Programs to gauge interim progress and learn what is working and what is not. We use this information to adaptively manage our programs and inform future decision making. The assessments evaluate the initiative’s implementation progress, conservation progress, and long-term sustainability of progress made. The assessments also highlight broader impacts of our work and describe lessons learned.

Conservation Programs are assessed using the following criteria:

  1. Implementation Progress: Extent to which initiative funding and conservation strategies have been implemented as outlined in the business plan.
  2. Conservation Progress: Extent to which the initiative’s intended outcomes as outlined in the business plan have been achieved through implementation of the initiative’s key strategies.
  3. Long-Term Sustainability: Extent to which the initiative faces risks to long-term sustainability and steps NFWF has taken to manage those risks.

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. Using the assessment results, changes are recommended if needed to improve effectiveness, and next steps are suggested for the program. These assessments are an internal decision making tool. For more information, please contact NFWF’s Evaluation Officer or Director of Strategic Planning and Evaluation.


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