Week 4 - SDWC 🐘

Treats for this week

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Hello, 🦒

Thank you for the fun live sessions yesterday. We are only able to scratch the surface of creating a situation analysis in the live session, however, there is the time between the live sessions to work on developing your situation analyses, either as a group or individually. Creating conceptual models takes practise and focus, so the more time you put into creating these, the better you will get at them! 


It was great to see the situation analyses you created, some really good stuff in there and I am learning lots. I've given some feedback on the morning ones, will do feedback for the second live session on Monday. I'd strongly encourage you to read the feedback and make any changes you want. I'd also recommend looking at a few other groups' conceptual models. 


If you were not in the live sessions this week, I strongly recommend you make a situation analysis of your own by editing a template here. Please let me know if you'd like any feedback on it. We are all learning here, so please do not be worried about making mistakes. Applying the theory you've learnt by creating conceptual models is the most useful thing you can take away from this training. If you are able to join the live session next week then please have a look at the situation analyses that were created yesterday, and chose a group you would like to be a part of next week.


We are now onto week 4 of this Strategy Development for Wildlife Conservation training workshop. Two treats for you this week, here, are:

  • Defining the impact
  • Planning the work.

The defining the impact process is where we think about the impact that we want to have, but be careful in this process not to get carried away and start planning the work so the activities that you want to do to achieve your impact. That is because planning the work comes next, this is an exciting step when you get to think about what activities you can do to achieve the impact you want to see. Both the defining the impact and planning the work processes contribute towards creating the theory of change conceptual model.

One exercise this week requires you to work on your conceptual model worksheets, they are in this folder. It is important this is done before the next live session.


Don’t worry if you haven’t been to a live session yet, you are still very welcome to start joining in with them now, details and the zoom link are in the welcome document here


The exam will be on the 17th of March at either 10 am or 6 pm GMT. To accommodate those who can't make those dates we will put on an extra session at 6 pm GMT on the 22nd of March. Unfortunately only in extenuating circumstances can we put on extra exam sessions as they require a lot of our time to run. Any questions or concerns about the exam please do get in touch.

Warm wishes, 

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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8 months ago

Hi Beth - I have a question about the assessment worksheets. In the work package rating tab I have had a go at trading the feasibility and sustainability of the work package but the sustainability and overall rating are not automatically being calculated. Would it be possible to have a look and see if there is an error in the formula? 

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
8 months ago

Hello Hannah, sorry about that, the formula in col Y was broken, I've fixed it now. If anyone else has the same issues please let me know. Sometimes if a formula breaks and it is just in one row, you can drag it down from the row above or the row below to fix.