Example of a complicated theory of change 🐯

This can get more complicated than this!

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Hello all,


I wanted to share with you an example of a theory of change that is quite complicated, they can get more complicated than this! This one is based roughly on the work that our sister charity, WildTeam Bangladesh does. I've been developing it from what they have shared with me that didn't quite follow SDWC. I haven't had as much time to spend on this as I would have liked and it is still very much a work in progress! Therefore, it is a good opportunity for you to give me feedback :) There are definitely some things in there that need work. I thought between us we could make it better. 
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I hope you all have good weekends. 
All the best, 
Beth

Beth Robinson

WildLearning Specialist, WildTeam

I'm a WildLearning Specialist with WildTeam, a bit of a odd job title. My main role is to design, deliver and organise both our online and class-based training workshops. One of the best parts of my job is meeting other conservationists and learning about the work that they do. I really enjoy geeking out reading teaching theory and thinking about ways I can more creatively and engagingly deliver learning. Before working for WildTeam I did a PhD in invasive plants and human wildlife interactions. I find it really interesting to learn about the ways people interact with nature, both when nature is being wonderful, but also when is is being a bit annoying!
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Go to the profile of Rachel Stewart
8 months ago

Wow, trying to get my head around that!

So, a quick search to get the right context to start with... As regards the ecology/relationships between tigers, deer and aquatic resources - and people - do you mean:
1) The tidally flooded grasses/trees etc amongst which the deer forage naturally? (http://en.banglapedia.org/index.php/Deer)
2) Where people are concerned, the unsustainable harvesting of trees like the small palm, golpata, for thatching etc? (https://www.comminit.com/natural-resource/content/sustainable-harvesting-training-sundarbans-nypa-golpata-collectors)?
3) And also where people are concerned, the poaching of deer (and tigers presumably)?(https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2021/02/03/deer-poaching-hunting-in-sundarbans-rise-at-an-alarming-rate)?


Quick observations to start with...

- Is the research for training purposes, and into who are the gangs driving the poaching, and how they do it - and also to determine how much is for collectors, and how much is for meat (particularly under the pandemic)?
- What are the alternatives: what will local villagers eat instead if they can't have deer meat, or, for roofing materials, if they have to sustainably use aquatic resources? Will the problem pass to/create pressure on other species/areas?


Otherwise...

- Listen to the people: Are there any cultural aspects to consider?
- Look up/think big: Are there any (socioeconomic programmes) that this could be a part of, while Keeping it wild?
- 'Forest resources collectors strongly value forest and the resources it provides' - no linkage to this yet.
- Confidences assigned?


It's a big one...

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
8 months ago

Thanks for your thoughts Rachel :) Interesting to read. I don't think in this situation they are relying on the deer for their main protein source, that is what was originally thought, but then it was found that it is a luxury. 

Go to the profile of Rachel Stewart
8 months ago

That's interesting to find out, Beth.