Using collective-thinking pluralistic decision-making processes during the assessment and strategic planning steps
We have created an advanced and complete pluralistic decision-making process for wildlife conservation projects. This time-efficient and cost-effective assessing and planning system is designed to produce the highest conservation performance of our partners by enhancing four core values
"Evaluation of the past is the first step toward vision for the future"
~ Chris Widener
Our process is divided into four steps that include both assessment and planning
The first step of the Allies4Step-Process© contemplates compiling the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the fields of Conservation, Research, Education, and Animal Welfare from our partners.
The information is collected through questionnaires and interviews. Customized surveys are designed to collect quantitative data on Animal Welfare, Conservation, and Research values from the community and staff. Similarly, interviews with key staff provide qualitative data on the same topics. This data allows us to perform the fundamental statistical analysis to prioritize areas of action effectively during the next steps.
During the second step of the Allies4Step-Process©, the data obtained is analyzed and presented to our partners. A first report is shared with the relevant information regarding the assessed topics. Once the evaluation is agreed, pieces of information are shared among the network of experts for their inputs that will be applied during the planning process.
The third step of the Allies4Step-Process© consists of a workshop designed by the Allies for Wildlife team to seek improvements and propose action plans.
The workshop is designed as a collective-thinking, pluralistic decision-making process in which stakeholder participation becomes fundamental for sound and informed decisions. A network of experts will assist in finding possible avenues of collaboration.
The last step of the Allies4Step-Process© consists of the preparation and presentation of the Strategic Action Plan, including conclusions and recommendations. This detailed report addresses goal monitoring and progress evaluation of the activities described in the action plan. The Strategic Action Plan is also validated by the experts' panel.
"A goal without a plan is just a wish"
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupèry
We provide tailored Allies4Step-Process© workshops on the key priorities necessary to enhance the conservation outcomes:
An intensive Animal Welfare assessment, which includes a comprehensive welfare review to the individual level. Additionally, we offer a tailored welfare development program for the living collection. Our evaluation certifies the welfare state with an empirical approach, providing scientific evidence of the assessed individuals.
This exercise aims to maximize the conservation impact of ex-situ managed programs through alliances with external partners and the development of internal projects. Additionally, this workshop helps strengthen the role of conservation of biodiversity following the Convention on Biological Diversity.
A workshop for ex-situ managed programs to assist in the critical-thinking-process of assessing and planning the animal collection based on the Integrated Collection Assessment and Planning methodology by the IUCN CPSG.
A workshop to analyze ongoing research efforts and to finding and planning new research opportunities considering the available resources from our partners. We facilitate alliances with external partners. Additionally, this workshop helps to strengthen the ex-situ role of generating research that benefits species conservation following Article 9 of the EU Zoos Directive as well as the Aichi Biodiversity Target 19 of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Our unique strategic planning approach, specifically targeted to enhance the Social License to Operate of wildlife conservation organizations. We conduct an initial assessment of the most valuable assets; secondly, we carry out a workshop to plan actions. The goal is to facilitate the knowledge and resources to elevate the standards of Conservation, Research, Animal Welfare, and Education.
By addressing the key components of the conservation initiative, the document produced will be the guiding route towards the successful completion of the project