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Monday, November 2 • 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Meta-analysis of Landscape Conservation Plan Evaluations

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Michaela Foster, M. Nils Peterson, Frederick Cubbage –North Carolina State University; Gerard McMahon, Department of Interior, Southeast Climate Science Center

Studies evaluating the quality and content of many types of plans have grown in recent decades. However, none of the planning meta-analyses have focused on landscape conservation planning studies. This focus is needed because landscape conservation planning differs from other types (e.g., hazards mitigation, urban planning) in that planners often come from natural resource backgrounds, must plan in compliance with federal and state planning mandates, and typically operate under the assumption that natural resources have a use value and are common pool resources. We identified ten landscape conservation planning studies in peer reviewed literature, identified the plan components being evaluated and the methods used in each study, and compared our findings to the two other land use planning meta-analyses in the literature. We found that landscape conservation planning evaluation studies followed many of the same practices as the general body of evaluation studies but tended focus more on goals, policies, implementation, and coordination. Compliance and stakeholder engagement were key gaps in landscape conservation plan evaluation studies. These findings highlight a need for more emphasis on compliance and stakeholder engagement as key elements of landscape conservation planning. We also found that landscape conservation planning studies largely incorporated best practices for evaluation methodology. However, few studies provided the evaluation tool, noted pretesting it, or reported intercoder reliability scores, and these methods should be incorporated and reported in future landscape conservation planning research. Future work could link planning efforts, planning laws and mandates, and plan quality to planning outcomes.

Monday November 2, 2015 1:40pm - 2:00pm EST
Windsor B

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