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Data Collection
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Data Analysis

Coding and data entry of survey data
Summary statistics and frequency analysis of survey data (quantitative analysis)
Content analysis of interview and focus group data (qualitative analysis)
Pattern analysis of land use data
Observation analysis of participants in their daily activities

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Conceptual Models

A conceptual model depicts relationships among factors that are believed to affect the achievement of specified goals, or lead to desired outcomes.  Creating a conceptual model helps members of your leadership team develop a shared understanding of factors to take into account in order to bring about significant change.  In turn, the model can be used to communicate this understanding to other [...]

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Resources for learning to manage data in Excel and Access
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Sampling Basics
What is sampling?
Deciding on a method. There are a variety of ways to choose samples for study within a landscape.  The sampling method will depend on the phenomena of interest.  For example, studies of mammals in a forested area or soil from a field would be randomly sampled from the area being investigated.  Random [...]

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A base map is a spatial representation of your landscape as it is at the present time. No matter how rudimentary the technology may be that you have available for making maps, it is important to create a base map that defines boundaries and depicts key feature that stakeholders recognize. While you may decide [...]

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Your measurement plan documents the what, how, when, where and who of populating the indicators you have chosen with data. It also specifies how and by whom the data will be analyzed to produce useful information about your landscape.
The Landscape Measurement Planner may be useful in guiding the development of your data. The [...]

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Guidelines for choosing what indicators to measure:

To help your team derive the most strategic indicators to measure, develop a conceptual model that depicts relationships among factors that affect the types of changes you hope to see in your landscape. A variety of tools are available to help you construct your ‘theory of change’.
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The first measures that you take of your landscape will establish your baseline. Your baseline provides a ‘snapshot’ of the condition of your landscape at the present time. Unless monitoring has occurred prior to initiating your measurement initiative, or you have historical data to draw from, your baseline will mark the beginning of your trend [...]

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