Requirements for using the resource:
No requirements to use this resource, but we do provide some training materials that may be of use.
Potential benefits from using the resource:
Conservation decisions are more effective.
Resources can be more effectively allocated to effective conservation actions.
Potential limitations from using the resource:
This will cover all species groups and habitats in a few years, but so far covers about two-thirds of biodiversity.
The evidence for each action is only as good as the evidence existing in the scientific literature and other reports.
Assessment of effectiveness of the tool or instrument:
A 2015 paper tested whether conservation practitioners focusing on bird management were willing to use a synopsis of relevant scientific literature (our Bird Conservation Synopsis) to inform their management decisions. In on-line surveys, they asked 92 conservation managers, predominantly from Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, to provide opinions on 28 management techniques that could be applied to reduce predation on birds. Their opinions were solicited before and after giving them a summary of the literature about the interventions' effectiveness. The overall effectiveness and certainty of evidence for each intervention were scored through an expert elicitation process-the Delphi method. The effectiveness scores were used to assess the practitioners' level of understanding and awareness of the literature. On average, each survey participant changed their likelihood of using 45.7% of the interventions after reading the synopsis of the evidence. They were more likely to implement effective interventions and avoid ineffective actions, suggesting that their intended future management strategies may be more successful than current practice.
Walsh, J. C., Dicks, L. V., & Sutherland, W. J. (2015). The effect of scientific evidence on conservation practitioners’ management decisions. Conservation Biology, 29(1), 88-98.