Bioeconomic Models and the Formative Evaluation of Fisheries-Related Programs

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Ian Graham Cahill
Éric Robard


Background: Bioeconomics combines methods from the biological study of living resources, particularly population dynamics, with methods of economic analysis. Most applications have been in program design for resource management. Although formative evaluations often deal with potential improvements to design based on examination of the program at some point in the early or middle period of its life, there has been little interplay between bioeconomic modelling and evaluation of programs in the context of fisheries management programs.

Purpose: This paper describes the potential synergy between the analytic modelling techniques from bioeconomics and the formative evaluation of programs that support sustainable fisheries.


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Intervention: We focus on how feedback from qualitative formative evaluation methods could be used to improve the development and use of realistic bioeconomic models to inform program design, which would in turn improve formative evaluation.

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Keywords: bioeconomic models; formative evaluation; fisheries-related programs


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Cahill, I. G., & Robard, Éric. (2014). Bioeconomic Models and the Formative Evaluation of Fisheries-Related Programs. Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation, 10(22), 1–13.
Author Biographies

Ian Graham Cahill, This work was done while the Ian Cahill was employed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Current he works for the Canadidan Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada, Government of Canada

Senior Economist at the Northern Forestry Centre, Canadian Forest Service, Natureal Resources Canada, Government of Canada

Éric Robard, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Evaluator in the Evaluation Branch, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Government of Canada