A shared approach.
Different academics and organizations have developed their own ways of researching and monitoring conservation. Having a diversity of approaches is typically a good thing—different methods and frameworks can answer diverse conservation questions tailored to the needs of specific decision-makers. However, too many frameworks for monitoring and evaluation can hinder the development of a broad understanding on which interventions are most effective at delivering conservation outcomes.
A core part of the ACES collaborative is having a shared theory-based framework that underpins monitoring, evaluation, and learning approaches in conservation efforts across institutions. Having a shared theoretical approach allows for a diversity of research methods that can be tailored to specific needs based on context, while allowing insights to roll up into a broader understanding of community conservation.