Ideas for Evaluating Indigenous Guardian Programs
Here are some ways that Indigenous Guardian programs are evaluating their work and gathering information about successes and challenges:
- Track and document program activities and financials monthly.
- Track patrol effort by guardians – both hours on patrol and distance travelled.
- Track public outreach efforts and human interactions on the lands and waters.
- Track and measure changes in activity related to program (i.e. incidents of illegal hunting).
- Document, input, store, and develop reports on any monitoring data collected.
- Survey departments or organizations that intersect with your program as well as community members about their perceptions of the work of the Guardian program. Learn from what folks are telling you – build on your successes and address any shortcomings.
- Track and report on the program against annual workplans and budgets – use this as a tool to stay on track or refocus efforts.
- Track and report on program activities against funder expectations and requirements.