Table 1. Estimated effectiveness of conservation projects in Samoa based on the likelihood of achieving stated outcomes.

Likelihood of achieving project outcomes % of all projects
(n= 27)
Demonstrated impact – high likelihood of achieving successful outcomes 22%
•  e.g., removal of an invasive species at national level

Achieved a significant amount that will contribute to outcomes 11%
•  e.g., observed growth of mangroves by project manager and perception of success among local community committee

Made some contribution to outcomes 41%
•  e.g., some activities halted midway through implementation because of conflict between community and project staff; however training was completed

Largely unsuccessful – achieved little that will contribute to outcomes 15%
•  e.g., project terminated early because of a lack of implementation and mismanagement of funds

Information insufficient to assess project outcomes 11%