Year of Award

2021

Document Type

Professional Paper

Degree Type

Master of Science (MS)

Degree Name

Environmental Studies

Other Degree Name/Area of Focus

Natural Resources Conflict Resolution Certificate

Department or School/College

Center for Natural Resources & Environmental Policy

Committee Chair

Daniel Spencer

Commitee Members

Len Broberg, Shawn Johnson

Keywords

Large landscape conservation, social impact, evaluation, network, collaborative conservation, Crown of the Continent

Publisher

University of Montana

Subject Categories

Environmental Studies

Abstract

For over a decade the Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent – a landscape-scale collaborative conservation network– has convened and connected people together to enhance conservation, culture, and community in the Crown of the Continent region. After years of conferences, workshops, and projects, participants have expressed a need to take stock of the difference that the network has made. This paper shares the results of an evaluation that used both qualitative and quantitative methods to assess the social impacts the Roundtable has generated for active participants. Study results reveal that the Roundtable has generated measurable and meaningful impacts for active participants, including enhanced relationships, increased trust, expanded collaboration with Tribes and First Nations, and greater cultural understanding. This study also found that by generating these impacts, the Roundtable has facilitated collaboration across borders and enabled actively participating organizations to catalyzed change across the Crown. In addition to highlighting the impacts that funders, organizations, and individuals have generated through their participation in the Roundtable, this study also identifies gaps and opportunities for the network to optimize their efforts in the future.

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