Cities Biodiversity Center

CEPA Evaluation Design Toolkit


ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and the City of Cape Town collaborated to produce a toolkit that will assist CEPA managers, practitioners and partners in planning the evaluation of their biodiversity communication, education and public awareness programmes. Four local governments -Cape Town, Edmonton, Nagoya and São Paulo - contributed case studies. These illustrate the kinds of contexts in which the practical planning tools can be applied.


While there are many tools and indicators for the evaluation of biodiversity outcomes and benefits, and many tools to use in the evaluation of CEPA programmes, there are few guidelines on how to develop indicators for the intended educational and social change outcomes of CEPA programmes. This resource does just that. It assists users in designing an evaluation that is tailor-made for their CEPA programmes, with both qualitative and quantitative indicators. Also significant is that it addresses the limitations of linear log-frame planning, recognising that CEPA programmes involve complex social systems that cannot be evaluated in the same way that we monitor biophysical systems.

                                                        The CEPA  Evaluation Toolkit

CEPA.jpgTitle page and contents

Section 1- Orientation

Section 2- Key idea pages

Section 3- Case studies

Section 4- Evaluation design steps

Appendix 1- Leverage points in a system

Appendix 2- Indicators for reviewing environmental education content

Appendix 3- Guidelines for environmental legislation

Appendix 4- Guidelines for biodiversity communication

Appendix 5- Stories of most significant change

Appendix 6- Alternative logica framework planning guide

Executive Summary