Evidence-informed Conservation

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The CBC’s Evidence Initiative aims to build awareness, capacity, and resources for evidence-informed decision-making in conservation, environmental management, and international development.

We are an affiliated center with the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE) and the first of its kind in the United States. We are an organizing hub for evidence synthesis efforts in the region, linking together scientists, practitioners, policymakers, local community leaders, and educators across these sectors to generate, assess, and use evidence for different needs. We strive to help organizations assess their needs for evidence, assess existing knowledge, and apply evidence to decisions.

What We Do

In today’s world, we are faced with profound environmental crises, a growing need to manage our planet sustainably, and an endless supply of information at the touch of a fingertip. How can we best evaluate and synthesize our vast knowledge to identify the best practices for decision-makers? 

Decision-makers require credible and salient evidence on which approaches are more likely to be effective for conservation and sustainability in complex human-nature systems. In order to pursue this type of evidence-informed practice, systematic evidence synthesis (SES) methods for evaluating evidence and effectiveness are critically needed.

As one of the seven official Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE) centers globally, we strive to build capacity and improve evidence literacy through training, exchange, and resources to support practice. 

At the CBC, we conduct evidence syntheses to support robust practice and policy development with a wide range of partners across the conservation sector. We follow robust guidelines to produce transparent and reproducible syntheses—offering a reliable and credible source of evidence. We have wide-ranging topical expertise including in the biological, ecological, and social sciences—as well significant experience in using systems approaches.

We aim to build and provide tools for conducting evidence syntheses—from contributing to guidelines and resources with the wider CEE Network, to hosting open access software platforms. In particular, we focus on:

  1. Improving the efficiency of the evidence synthesis process, and 
  2. Creating intuitive and interactive evidence resources for communication and outreach.

You can read more about our projects and contact us about your interests.

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Join Us

At the CBC, we engage and collaborate with partners on a wide range of evidence synthesis projects including:

  • Systematic reviews and systematic maps
  • Rapid and scoping syntheses and reviews
  • Meta-analyses
  • Training in evidence synthesis methods and evidence application/interpretation
  • Independent expert consultations
  • Support for evidence synthesis projects

If you are interested in learning more about evidence synthesis approaches, ongoing projects, trainings, or would like to inquire about collaboration opportunities, please contact the Evidence Initiative Coordinator at the CBC: Samantha Cheng.