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What role should Randomised Control Trials play in providing the evidence base underpinning conservation?

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RT @juliapgjones: We have a preprint (coming out @OryxTheJournal) exploring how conservation science can learn from the pioneering work of…
RT @juliapgjones: We have a preprint (coming out @OryxTheJournal) exploring how conservation science can learn from the pioneering work of…
RT @juliapgjones: We have a preprint (coming out @OryxTheJournal) exploring how conservation science can learn from the pioneering work of…
RT @juliapgjones: We have a preprint (coming out @OryxTheJournal) exploring how conservation science can learn from the pioneering work of…
RT @juliapgjones: We have a preprint (coming out @OryxTheJournal) exploring how conservation science can learn from the pioneering work of…
RT @juliapgjones: We have a preprint (coming out @OryxTheJournal) exploring how conservation science can learn from the pioneering work of…
RT @juliapgjones: We have a preprint (coming out @OryxTheJournal) exploring how conservation science can learn from the pioneering work of…
RT @juliapgjones: @ivanscales I'm super aware of the critiques of RCTs & share concerns around reductionist focus on quant., ignoring mecha…
We have a preprint (coming out @OryxTheJournal) exploring how conservation science can learn from the pioneering work of Banerjee, Duflo & Kremer while avoiding the unhelpful polarising debate around the use of RCTs in that field https://t.co/bDFuFGTK9E #NobelPrize https://t.co/eudznVE7ji
@ivanscales I'm super aware of the critiques of RCTs & share concerns around reductionist focus on quant., ignoring mechanisms etc BUT nothing is a panacea (everything can be misused), RCTs certainly have alot of offer conservation. See our preprint led @EdwinPynegar https://t.co/bDFuFGTK9E
@juliapgjones @pvisconbio Take a look at our preprint (https://t.co/mWyBz6pGdU) where we talk about this in the context of #RCTs, but the point goes for any summative #impacteval method 2/n
Let's avoid a rerun of the #Evaluation Wars in #conservation (see our preprint for a take on #RCTs in cons.: https://t.co/ciIABytwyr) Rather, better to ask: 1) What questions do we want/need to find answers to? 2) How can we achieve that, given budgetary and time constraints? https://t.co/4d5uxiuNMg
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RT @EdwinPynegar: LOOK.... I got there in the end! Huge thanks to all involved. Some of the work I've done/been involved with; let me kno…
LOOK.... I got there in the end! Huge thanks to all involved. Some of the work I've done/been involved with; let me know what you think! https://t.co/sJ7Jlz8wSe https://t.co/ciIABytwyr https://t.co/lQAE0a4UlU https://t.co/ypjYY67Uhg #PhD #graduation #watersheds #conservation https://t.co/xIP8Hw6GEL
RT @EdwinPynegar: There are more cons than one might expect with #conservation #RCTs - they'll often require a lot of pre-planning and cons…
RT @EdwinPynegar: There are more cons than one might expect with #conservation #RCTs - they'll often require a lot of pre-planning and cons…
RT @EdwinPynegar: There are more cons than one might expect with #conservation #RCTs - they'll often require a lot of pre-planning and cons…
There are more cons than one might expect with #conservation #RCTs - they'll often require a lot of pre-planning and considering processes of change to be of high quality. One of our project's key findings (https://t.co/ciIABytwyr) - and another more empirical paper's on its way https://t.co/cD20ShZMrE
RT @EdwinPynegar: @juliapgjones and I discuss external validity in conservation eval in our article on #RCTs (https://t.co/ciIABytwyr), but…
@juliapgjones and I discuss external validity in conservation eval in our article on #RCTs (https://t.co/ciIABytwyr), but a huge topic meriting much more discussion than we had space for! I particularly enjoy Lant Pritchett's take on ATE/RCT usefulness: https://t.co/Su33F3xWey
RT @EdwinPynegar: Check out my and @juliapgjones' article at @PeerJPreprints on the use of #RCTs in #conservation #impactevaluation! We'd r…
Great stuff on #impacteval, especially on the formative/summative evaluation distinction, how monitoring's actually quite difficult, and the external validity problem: feel like I should revise the manuscript (https://t.co/ciIABytwyr) again! https://t.co/2g7I6xiLJ3
RT @EdwinPynegar: Check out my and @juliapgjones' article at @PeerJPreprints on the use of #RCTs in #conservation #impactevaluation! We'd r…
RT @EdwinPynegar: Check out my and @juliapgjones' article at @PeerJPreprints on the use of #RCTs in #conservation #impactevaluation! We'd r…
RT @EdwinPynegar: Main message on #conservation #RCTs: should have a place in #evaluation toolkit of conservation researchers & practition…
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Competing Interests

Edwin L. Pynegar and Nigel M. Asquith have in the past both worked for Fundación Natura Bolivia, the organization which implements the Watershared agreements described in this article.

Author Contributions

Edwin L Pynegar prepared figures and/or tables, authored or reviewed drafts of the paper, approved the final draft, reviewing literature.

James M Gibbons authored or reviewed drafts of the paper, approved the final draft.

Nigel M Asquith authored or reviewed drafts of the paper, approved the final draft.

Julia P G Jones authored or reviewed drafts of the paper, approved the final draft.

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The research in this article did not generate any data or code - the article is an opinion piece based upon a review of relevant literature.

Funding

This work was supported by a Doctoral Training Grant from the Natural Environment Research Council (1358260) and a grant from the Leverhulme Trust (RPG-2014-056). Nigel M. Asquith acknowledges a Charles Bullard Fellowship from the Harvard Forest, and grants NE/I00436X/1 and NE/L001470/1 from the UK Government’s Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Program. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.


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