Social Science

Social Science and Assessments

In-depth social science analysis and reports

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About Our Social Science and Assessments Projects

We use applied social science and robust relationship building to better understand your organization, communities, and partners. We ensure the results are usable to your organization and that receive concrete, immediate next steps integrating results and recommendations into your work. We also ensure our science and assessments are conducted with intentions to reduce bias and uplift underrepresented voices that have historically been left out of data collection.

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Knowledge and Needs Assessments

If you are implementing or designing a conservation project/program and want to explore a particular theory or framework, our social science department is trained in and familiar with multiple literatures, including conservation, social science, environmental justice, climate, and socio-economic metrics. We can develop an approach with outcomes to help reduce assumptions, maximize your limited resources, and increase impact.

Qualitative Social Science Projects

These projects take into account the ecological and social issues surrounding a current or planned project at your organization. It may include focus groups, 1-on-1 interviews, town halls, literature reviews, and other techniques to help you understand your community of stakeholders. The final report will include potential pitfalls to avoid and recommendations for implementation.

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Case Studies

It is critical to capture lessons learned, verify impact, and share challenges. Sharing your work and comparing them with other internal and external examples is a great way to grow the conservation field. At LCS we will create case studies for you by reviewing documents, interviewing staff and partners, and synthesizing the data into a useable case study that will help you, partners, and funders better understand the social and ecological impact of your work.

Gap Analysis Report

The analysis covers the performance of your company or organization to determine if objectives are being met, and if not, what measures should be taken to meet them. The process is a comparison of the company or organization’s current/future programming with the goals/needs of the communities being impacted. The results highlight areas for improvement, potential knowledge gaps, and opportunities for expansion so that programming better aligns with future goals and impacts.

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